Posted on 31st May 2019

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner, has awarded funding to a group of residents in Sandbach who want to clamp down on speeding in their local area.

David Keane is supporting a new speed watch scheme in Elworth with funding from his Safer Communities Fund.

The scheme has been set-up by local volunteers following increased reports of speeding on 30mph roads in the area.

Residents have noticed a surge in vehicles breaking the speed limit on certain roads including the A533 London Road, past a local primary school and community shops.

The 30mph road, which eventually turns into the 40-60mph Booth Lane, is the main thoroughfare between the towns of Sandbach and Middlewich.

The grant from the commissioner will be used to purchase a speed gun and high-visibility vests for the six volunteers who are giving up their time to make the roads in their community safer.

The group will be trained to use the devices for measuring vehicles’ speeds. This information will then be passed to Cheshire police who will issue a warning to those exceeding the speed limit.

David said: “Making our roads safer is one of my main priorities as police and crime commissioner and is something I know is also a key priority for residents across Cheshire.

“Community speed watch is an incredibly important scheme that enables committed members of the community to work with Cheshire police to make sure roads in their area are safer for their fellow residents.

“I’m pleased to see the residents in Elworth are taking action. Their work will not only help reduce anti-social driving in their area, it could also potentially save a life.”

Elworth community speed watch volunteer, Diane Bolton, added: “Speeding is a major issue on Elworth’s roads and is something which has been raised by residents at many beat surgeries and local council meetings.

“We’re pleased that this issue has been recognised by PCC David Keane and that he is committed to working with us to improve motorists’ behaviour.

“We believe that the increased presence of speed watch volunteers in the area will have a positive impact on reducing speeding in Elworth.”

Elworth Speed Watch Scheme is one of 16 projects across Cheshire which has recently received Safer Communities Funding to support crime prevention or meet the objectives within the commissioner’s police and crime plan.