Community Speed Watch launched in Weston and Weston Hills
The first Community Speed Watch volunteers in South Holland have taken to the roads of Weston and Weston Hills this week.
Volunteers in high-visibility jackets were out on High Road, Weston, near the junction with Wimberley Close, and Austendyke Road, at its junction with Broad Gate, Weston Hills, on Monday and Tuesday.
Nearly 350 vehicles were checked over the two days, with 14 reported to Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) as having ignored the villages' 30mph speed limit.
Coun Chris Dicks, co-ordinator of Weston Parish Community Speed Watch and vice chairman of Weston Parish Council, said: "After 18 months of lobbying both the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and LRSP, it was great to finally launch Community Speed Watch this week in Weston and Weston Hills.
"Over two days, at two different locations, nearly 350 vehicles were checked as they passed the hand-held speed device, with most motorists who passed us either giving our the team the thumbs-up or waving.
"But what was most gratifying were the number of local parishioners who stopped to thank us for being there and attempting to address an issue that has plagued both villages for years.
"Hopefully over time, the team will have an effect on motorists driving through both villages and make them safer places for all concerned."
So far at least ten parish councils in South Holland have applied to form a Community Speed Watch group, with Gosberton set to be the next village to have volunteers on its roads early next month.
Coun Jan Whitbourn, Community Speed Watch police support for South Holland, said: "The start of the Community Speed Watch scheme is getting under way and it has become very active, with everyone working within the guidelines set out by LRSP and the police.
"It is now two days in for the areas which have been visited, Austendyke Road/Broad Gate, Weston Hills, and High Road, Weston.
"Over two days, the Community Speed Watch team felt the activity had been most encouraging and the results have been quite surprising, with several vehicles having been reported to LRSP.
"The team is working hard to try and stop speeding in their villages and it has been said the people who have been caught actually live in their villages.
"Volunteers now hope for much improvement where they live soon and that their work will now deter people from speeding, knowing that so many groups are out and about as part of this new scheme."
Nearly all of the parish councils set to launch Community Speed Watch groups represent villages, with Long Sutton the only town in South Holland so far to express an interest in joining the scheme.
Coun Whitbourn, South Holland District Council member for Whaplode and Holbeach St Johns, said: "Our rural areas seem to make it too easy to speed, but this has to stop for the safety of the those people who live and work there.
"Over the coming weeks many groups will be active in South Holland, standing at the side of various roads in several sites that have been agreed by the Community Speed Watch co-ordinator for Lincolnshire, Dave Mitchell.
"Gosberton is well set up for launch in another week and volunteers there will be out in force soon to help make South Holland a safer place to live."
LRSP spokesman John Siddle said: "The parishes that have received their training and all the equipment are now ready to carry out Community Speed Watch.
"Teams of no less than three volunteers will monitor speeds in their designated locations, with the intention of slowing traffic down in their area.
"After the announcement by PCC Marc Jones that Community Speed Watch would become a reality in Lincolnshire, it is great to see the first of these dedicated members of the public out on the streets."
If you would like to be part of a Community Speed Watch Scheme where you live, call Coun Whitbourn on 07779 895388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org