Speedwatch is working in Wealden area

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RESIDENTS have been empowered by the ongoing development of speedwatch schemes to catch speeding motorists, according to Wealden Police.

Wealden Community Speed Watch (CSW) currently involves 18 individual groups running across the district.

Each group has its own co-ordinator, trained volunteers and specific sites that are regularly used to monitor vehicles.

Two years ago CSW underwent a review which resulted in the centralisation of the scheme. The day-to-day co-ordinating of activities became the responsibility of PCSO Iain Tomsett, Wealden community casualty reduction officer. This drew together four separately co-ordinated CSW areas within the district resulting in a more dynamically run scheme.

Wealden NPT Jamie Harwood said: “Now that CSW Wealden has one single point of contact for communities, neighbourhood policing teams, and partner agencies to contact, the scheme has developed and grown significantly.

“Since the creation of one central ‘process’ to date 1.410 advisory letters have been sent to registered owners of vehicles identified by community volunteers using a calibrated speed device.

“It is a straightforward, effective and impactive scheme that is working in Wealden.”

The trained groups are spread across Wealden and include: Berwick, Buxted, Cowbeech, Forest Row, Frant, Groombridge, Westham, Hartfield, Heathfield, Isfield, Maresfield, Ridgewood, Rotherfield, Selmeston, Wadhurst (the newest group ), Wartling, Withyham and Upper Dicker.

Some groups are more active than others. All groups are regularly supported by their local PCSOs and neighbourhood Police Officers who carry out enforcement as a result of local intelligence.

This scheme empowers local residents in their concerns about road safety and speeding in particular.

If you are concerned about speeding where you live and want to play a hi visibility role in casualty reduction please contact PCSO Iain Tomsett iain.tomsett@sussex.pnn.police.uk or your local PCSO, or the non emrgency police number 101.