FENLANDER: More children take to streets to encourage motorists to slow down

CHILDREN from primary schools in two more villages have taken to the pavements this month to try and persuade motorists to cut their speed.

They were the latest to join in the continuing “Slow Down” campaign being waged by Fenland District Council in villages throughout the district.

This month’s two action days were held in Parson Drove and Murrow and involved children from Payne and Murrow Primary Schools.

In Parson Drove the village’s two representatives on Fenland District Council, Councillor Robert Scrimshaw and Councillor Gavin Booth, both turned out to support the event.

Cllr Booth handed out leaflets and sounded out villagers about the campaign while Cllr Scrimshaw joined Speedwatch volunteers in a two-hour operation during which they monitored more than 300 vehicles passing through the village.

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Nine drivers were logged breaking the speed limit and will now receive warning letters from the police.

The findings were worse in Murrow, where 24 of the 123 vehicles logged were found to be speeding.

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Cllr Booth, who is also chairman of the Fenland Rural Road Safety Action Network, said this week: “We’re making good progress on raising people’s awareness of the problem but it takes a long time. We’ve got to think what the next stage is.

“I spoke to many parents to get their opinions, particularly about the Safer Routes to School project, and I’ll be passing their comments on to Highways officers at the county council.”

Similar events were staged earlier this year in Guyhirn and Leverington. The campaign will move on to Gorefield in late November.

Councillor David Oliver, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for community safety, said: “People in many parts of the district continue to highlight speeding as a big problem in their neighbourhoods. We will carry on reminding all motorists of their responsibility to stick to the speed limits, especially near schools, where children are particularly at risk.”

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