Volunteers urged to join speed watch team

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Volunteers are needed to run a community speed watch programme to curb motorists exceeding the speed limit in Hailsham.

Hailsham Town Council and Sussex Police are looking for volunteers to continue with the scheme and help reduce speeding in the town.

The initiative follows a community panel meeting between residents of North Hailsham and town Cllr Nick Collinson identified issues of speeding vehicles last year.

Speeding in Hawkswood Road was singled out at the meeting by residents as a serious community problem, with speeding checks often revealing that many drivers exceed the speed limit, said Cllr Collinson. He said: “Speeding is an issue in the community and some vehicles drive at well above the 30mph limit along Hawkswood Road, especially in the early mornings and around school home time.”

“It is important that we work together to prevent the problem from getting worse and the community speed watch programme is a good way for local residents to become actively involved in achieving this.”

Once fully trained, volunteers will be able to conduct high visibility speed checks at the road side volunteers using hand held speed recording equipment, following risk assessments of operating sites by the police.

Volunteers will also be required to fill out data logs detailing vehicles and speeds and, once submitted, appropriate actions will be taken by the police to deal with anyone caught speeding.

To get involved contact Cllr Collinson on 01323 846040 or email to nickcollinson@nickcollinson.co.uk or PCSO Faye Fletcher at faye.fletcher@
sussex.pnn.police.uk.

PCSO Iain Tomsett, community casualty reduction officer at Sussex Police, appealed to more people to come forward and help support what is a community- led scheme.

He said: “Community speed watch has proved tremendously successful in many areas across Wealden which has assisted in reducing speeding motorists on our roads. Volunteering for a couple of hours each week can have a massive effect on improving your local community.”

Community Speed Watch is a scheme designed to involve the community in speed reduction activity. It was originally tested in the village of Ash, Somerset, and now has been successfully trialled in Sussex.

Speed monitoring is carried out by trained volunteers from the local community.

Enforcement is primarily carried out by the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT). Vehicle information is also sent to the Road Policing Unit (RPU) at their Polegate base.

The Safer Wealden Partnership has funded 1,000 bin stickers to be used across the Wealden district. These stickers are attached to wheelie bins giving a highly impactive response to speeding.