Speedwatch appeal

A SPEEDwatch group set up to try and stop motorists tearing through a village has been disbanded due to a lack of volunteers. Bleadon Parish Council forked out hundreds of pounds for a hand-held camera and signs to get the scheme up and running, but six m

A SPEEDwatch group set up to try and stop motorists tearing through a village has been disbanded due to a lack of volunteers.Bleadon Parish Council forked out hundreds of pounds for a hand-held camera and signs to get the scheme up and running, but six months later five of the eight volunteers dropped out.Peter Williams, who set up the group, said: "We desperately need people to run a team. There seems to be a feeling that it's antisocial because we might be catching people in the village who are speeding. People seem to be against it."The team used to carry out watches three times a week at different times of the day in Bleadon Road and Shiplate Road.The group's members split into pairs, one following a car with the camera to check the vehicle's speed and the other noting down the registration, make and model of the car.Mr Williams said: "Bleadon Road is prone to people exceeding the speed limit and there have been a couple of accidents there."Our aim is to keep the speed down and it did have an effect. We were picking up about 20-30 people speeding each time we went out."I'm afraid for people pulling out onto the busy roads. We've got a lot of old people in the village and the roads are quite winding."Mr Williams is keen to get the Speedwatch up and running again to try to prevent any future accidents and make the roads safer for villagers. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can contact the parish council.


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