Thank you to all the local drivers who have shown support for the volunteers taking part in the Community Speedwatch during February and March 2017.
In most cases, drivers spotted the hi-viz jackets and boards, and simply slowed down if they were doing more than 30mph. This is exactly what the team were hoping for! Surprisingly few vehicle details needed to be noted during the one-hour sessions, which were held over a six week period.
There will be another opportunity in early September for Collyweston to borrow the equipment for Speedwatching. And more training sessions are being held before then, if you weren’t able to volunteer this time.
This is Bill, delivering the posters and other equipment for ‘Slow Down Collyweston’, our community speedwatch.
Volunteers will be out at the 5 approved sites along the A43 and The Drove over the next 6 weeks, aiming to raise awareness of the need to watch your speed on our roads.
– and it means we can go ahead and get started!
Or there is a support of a local “Sponsor”. Sponsors represent the wider community so can be local schools, large businesses or community groups in favour of the scheme. Sponsors do not make any financial contribution as the scheme remains free. They just need to make the pledge on behalf of the community they represent.
How many times have you had a near-miss on the A43 or the Drove because someone was driving too fast? The Police do as much speeding enforcement as they can in Collyweston, but they have a very large patch to cover and there are too many blackspots every bit as dangerous as ours.
One thing we can all do about this is to get behind a new Community Speedwatch scheme for Collyweston. Even if you can’t become a volunteer, trained to operate the speed gun and record the details of speeding vehicles, you CAN still help those who will – by signing the petition in the village shop, or at the Christmas Fair in the village hall on November 21st, or by leaving a comment on this page or at Collyweston Village Stuff on Facebook. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop the parish clerk a note at 19 Westonville.
As soon as 20% of the village population shows it is behind the scheme, Collyweston can register with Northamptonshire Police to join the waiting list of communities wishing to do more to make their roads safer. Only after that, will anyone be looking for coordinators and volunteers to make the scheme work. The sooner we get off the starting-blocks….