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Villages in South Holland wait for Community Speed Watch launch




Villages across South Holland are on standby for the start of a volunteer-led traffic calming scheme across Lincolnshire.

At least six parish councils, Cowbit, Deeping St Nicholas, Gedney, Gedney Hill, Sutton St James and Weston, have registered an interest in joining Community Speed Watch.

It comes after Whaplode and Holbeach St Johns district councillor Jan Whitbourn was named as area volunteer co-ordinator for South Holland, the first of four such roles to be filled across the county.

Coun Jan Whitbourn, Whaplode and Holbeach St Johns district councillor and area police volunteer co-ordinator for South Holland Community Speed Watch. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190518-012TW.
Coun Jan Whitbourn, Whaplode and Holbeach St Johns district councillor and area police volunteer co-ordinator for South Holland Community Speed Watch. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190518-012TW.

Community Speed Watch, managed by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) will see small teams of volunteers conducting high-visibility roadside checks in 20mph, 30mph and 40mph areas of towns and villages that are part of the scheme.

Coun Ian Field, chairman of Gedney Parish Council, said: "We are well-advanced with the project following a successful information evening last month when the parish council approved a decision to move forward to the next stage.

"Gedney's parish volunteer group met for the first time last Monday, June 4, and as sufficient volunteers came forward, the scheme can now proceed.

"The objectives of the scheme were outlined at the meeting and the group has organised a survey of the locations where they would like signs, both passive and reactive, to be installed.

"Gedney Parish Council is extremely pleased with the response it has have received and hopes to be in a position to submit its plans to Community Speedwatch following our next parish council meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

"Funding for the project has been obtained from the Gedney March Windcluster Fund which has enabled the project to go ahead this year."

Deeping St Nicholas, Gedney Hill and Sutton St James Parish Councils all confirmed that volunteers had come forward in their villages and they were now waiting to find out more about what equipment and training would be needed.

Coun Chris Dicks, vice chairman of Weston Parish Council, said: "After listening to villagers' complaints regarding speeding, I personally lobbied our MP, John Hayes, the Police and Crime Commissioner and LRSP.

"As a result, late last year it was agreed to introduce Community Speed Watch in this area and we now have ten parishioners who have shown interest in joining the scheme.

"I have also identified a number of locations where speed checks can be done in both Weston and Weston Hills.

"We are now waiting for news from LRSP regarding the cost of equipment, licences and when the training will commence."

John Siddle, of LRSP, said: "Our countywide co-ordinator has started in his role and Jan Whitbourn, as area police volunteer co-ordinator for South Holland, will report to him directly.

Ian Swallow and John Siddle of LRSP at a road safety meeting in Cowbit. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050318-120TW. (2450355)
Ian Swallow and John Siddle of LRSP at a road safety meeting in Cowbit. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050318-120TW. (2450355)

John Siddle, of LRSP, said: "Our countywide co-ordinator has started in his role and Jan Whitbourn, as area police volunteer co-ordinator for South Holland, will report to him directly.

"However, we are still looking for area volunteer co-ordinators for the other parts of Lincolnshire.

"In the meantime, any parish or community wishing to join the scheme should contact Jan on 07779 895388 or email jan@tulip-events.co.uk

"Each village or community will go live as soon as it is ready in terms of sites, equipment, training and the all-important risk assessments having been completed.

"However, all of this will take some time."



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