St Bees takes on speeders
Last updated at 12:21, Thursday, 05 September 2013
ST BEES residents are gunning for motorists speeding through their village,
Following a survey of all households, speeding and illegal parking were the main issues villagers wanted tackled.
Now, volunteers are being called upon to monitor the problem areas in St Bees using a speed gun as part of the Community Speed Watch.
Data reveals St Bees has “a significant speeding problem” especially on the entry points to the village.
Speed Watch, run in conjunction with the police who train local volunteers and administer the scheme, will monitor speeds at various areas in the village, at different times. The police will subsequently take follow-up action with any speeding motorists.
Speed Watch is the first scheme of its kind in West Cumbria.
Road safety improvements have already been introduced to St Bees including a chicane to slow traffic and a new pavement by the village school. In the future there will also be a crossing island to improve safety by the Fairladies estate, together with greater enforcement by the police and parking authorities.
Sean Moules, vice chairman of St Bees Parish Council, said: “We’ve also done a lot of fund-raising to secure the money for the various improvements. We would like to thank the Highways Department, St Bees Parish Council, St Bees School, Copeland Council, Cumbria County Council, the police and others for their support.
“We also try to educate local people about the number of accidents and the real dangers caused by those who speed and drive dangerously though the village.
“The Community Speed Watch is currently the only scheme in West Cumbria, though there are many similar schemes working well in other parts of the country. we know that this will help remind and deter people from putting themselves and others at risk of serious injury,’’ Coun Moules added.
“Our message is simple. Don’t speed in St Bees. Sooner or later you will get caught.”
First published at 12:12, Thursday, 05 September 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Get cracking with a few more speed bumps being put in place and employ someone to remove the exhaust systems of the boy racers or drivers silly enough to break the law. Recycle the discarded 'exhaust parts' for cash and build even more speed bumps with the proceeds. That's 'traffic calming' at its best. Locals won't mind as they drive slowly through their own village in any case and won't be affected. The trusty volunteer speed watchers can then be stood down and find other other useful assignments to help enhance the community.
What about the residence at high walton, we have to put up with motorist flying past our garden paths at 50-60 mph. Spring bank farm is a family holiday accomodation and our own and neighbour's household have grandchildren. I think it is not right that motorist can drive as fast as they want in residential areas, even tiny places like High walton. As for st bees parish council we do not exist.
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