Speed watch volunteers clock ten motorists

PCSO Hannah Brockwell, Councillor Shirley Niblock and local resident Alan Robinson checking traffic.
PCSO Hannah Brockwell, Councillor Shirley Niblock and local resident Alan Robinson checking traffic.

Ten motorists have been clocked speeding in Ashgate in the first check by a new Community Speed Watch initiative.

Residents and a local councillor joined up PCSO Hannah Blockwell of the Newbold and Brockwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team to monitor traffic travelling along Ashgate Road.

The vehicle owners will now receive letters from the group, advising them of their speed and requesting that they respect local limits.

Drivers are also warned that if they caught breaking the speed limit again then they may face a fine and points on their licence.

The watch has been set up by the Newbold and Brockwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team after local residents contacted them with concerns about speeding traffic.

PCSO Hannah Blockwell said: “Community Speed Watch aims to encourage motorists to have respect for the legal limits and consideration of the safety of local residents.

“It also gives local people with concerns about speeding and road safety the chance to help raise awareness and take positive steps to address a community issue.”

As well as police spot checks, volunteers from the community are offered training on how to use the speed guns and then given the opportunity to come out and carry out checks alongside officers.

Resident Alan Robinson said: “Ashgate Road is a main road so we are very concerned about the speed of traffic. The road surface has also been improved recently, which is great, but as a result drivers might not realise how fast they are travelling so I think this scheme will be a good way to make sure people know what the limit is.”

Funding for the equipment, including the speed monitoring devices, high visibility jackets and signs to advise motorists of the initiative was provided by the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership.

Cllr Shirley Niblock, who lives in the local area said: “The Community Speed Watch initiative has been set up by our local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, with support of the local council as a direct response to residents concerns.

“It gives local people the chance to work alongside police while at the same time will hopefully have the effect of encouraging motorists to drive safely.”

The first Community Speed Watch check took place for an hour from 6.30pm on Wednesday, May 30 and further sessions will be held in the future.