Thursday, August 6, 2009

Speed patrols on problem Coleridge Roads

Following Coleridge Conservatives victory at East Area committee, the police are finally taking a role in speed enforcement on residential roads in Coleridge.

Our PCSOs were out today on Birdwood Road and Coleridge Road spending an hour on each checking the speed of the cars and motorcycles passing by, and some warning letters will be issued. Further checks are planned for Rustat Road.

I hope going forwards this can be developed into a more co-ordinated approach to tackling the problem of speeding drivers. I met with the new neighbourhood Sergeant for Coleridge a few weeks ago to discuss anti-social behaviour issues, crime reporting and to chase up some action on the new neighbourhood policing priority of speed enforcement on residential roads. I was surprised to learn that unknown to local Councillors, the road safety partnership has already undertaken the detailed speed monitoring that has been reported from other areas on key roads like Coleridge Road and I think Birdwood Road - this will indicate the real scale of the problem, as it records all cars speeds over a period of time, without giving warning such that drivers would slow down. I look forward to seeing the results of this speed monitoring, unfortunately I couldn't just be given them, so it has taken a Freedom of Information request, and I am still waiting...

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