Hilcote puts the brakes on speeding motorists

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COMMUNITY volunteers are spearheading a new drive in Hilcote to put the brakes on speeding motorists in the area.

Police have teamed up with residents to set up a Community Speed Watch scheme in Hilcote, Blackwell, Newton and Westhouses.

The initiative is run in partnership with local communities and police to raise awareness of local speed limits and encouraging motorists to slow down.

It follows concerns from villagers about excessive speeds and road safety and the issue is currently being targeted as a priority for the Tibshelf, Newton and Blackwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.

The scheme involves volunteers and local officers patrolling together and using the speed radar guns to note any vehicles travelling at excessive speeds.

A letter is then sent to the owner to advise them about their speed and asking them to respect local limits.

Any driver caught speeding as part of the Community Speed Watch check will be told about the speed limit for that stretch of the road and about community concerns.

Drivers will receive two warning letters, but if they are caught on a third occasion, then they will receive a fine.

PCSO Paul Brownlee, of the Tibshelf, Newton and Blackwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Community Speed Watch has been set up as a direct result of concerns from residents in the villages of Blackwell and Hilcote.

“We have had a fantastic response from the local community and hope the initiative will not only result in a reduction in speeding but will also help educate motorists about local limits and safer driving.”

Signs are put up in the area to warn motorists about the checks and the volunteers wear high-visibility jackets.

Funding for the equipment has been provided by Blackwell Parish Council and also from local firm HW Martin, which is also supporting the initiative in an internal campaign to remind its staff about safe driving.

There are currently 25 volunteers who have been trained to take part and further training sessions are being planned over the next few weeks.

Nick Willens, chairman of Blackwell Parish Council, said: “The parish council is pleased to be able to support the Community Speed Watch initiative and respond to the concerns of our local residents.”

For information, or to volunteer, contact the Tibshelf, Newton and Blackwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police or email bolsover.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.