Posted on 23rd July 2019

A group of Sandbach residents who want to clamp down on speeding in their local area have now launched their own community speed watch scheme.

The scheme has been set-up by local volunteers following increased reports of speeding in Elworth. Residents have expressed concerns about the amount of vehicles breaking the 30mph speed limit past local primary schools and the community shops.

The residents have been supported by funding from police and crime commissioner David Keane who has awarded them a grant from his Safer Communities Fund to purchase a speed gun and high-visibility vests.

The group have been trained by local PCSOs 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.

The speed watch volunteers have now completed their first speed watch session on Middlewich Road - a 30mph road which eventually turns into the 40-60mph Booth Lane and is the main thoroughfare between the towns of Sandbach and Middlewich.

PCC David Keane said: “It’s great to see that the Elworth speed watch scheme is up and running and that local residents in Sandbach are taking a proactive approach to reducing anti-social driving.

“Community speed watch is an incredibly important scheme and we are sincerely grateful to community speed watch volunteers who work with our PCSOs to make their local roads safer for their fellow residents.”

Sue Holt, PCSO for Elworth and Brereton Rural, added: “One of the main priorities for the Elworth area is speeding, which is reported on a regular basis through police surgeries and local councillors.

“I try and get out with the Trucam as often as possible but the support of the Elworth community speed watch team will allow more opportunities to deal with speeding motorists.

“They will endeavour to get out on a regular basis; on different days and at different times. Their support is greatly appreciated by me and the residents of 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.