FENLANDER: Speedwatch volunteers plea for Whittlesey, Coates and Eastrea

RESIDENTS worried about the persistent problem of speeding problems along the A605 through Coates, Eastrea and Whittlesey are being invited to help crack down on the offenders.

The problem has repeatedly been made a police priority under the “Policing Pledge”. However, at a recent Neighbourhood Forum local residents were clear that, although they recognised that the police had stepped up the numbers of patrols and were making a difference, further improvements could be made.

Now Fenland District Council is working with Cambridgeshire Police and the Whittlesey neighbourhood policing team to try and form a local Speedwatch group. It needs a pool of about 15 volunteers to go out with police and their specialist equipment to deter motorists from exceeding the speed limits.

Full training will be provided and a session has been booked for Sunday August 1 from 1-4pm at Whittlesey Police Station.

Councillor Ken Mayor, FDC’s portfolio holder for Safer Fenland, said: “Many local people have told us at our Community Fairs and Neighbourhood Forums and at other times that speeding is a major issue that poses a serious danger to lives. This is one of the ways that we can all work together to tackle it.”

Anyone wanting to find out more should call PCSO Melanie Bull at Whittlesey Police Station on 0345 456 4564 ext 6517 or e-mail melanie.bull@cambs.pnn.police.uk

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