Cash boost in bid to stop speeding

Eddie Fewings (below) says West Park Drive is a problem asre. BELOW: A speed incidator sign like the one proposed and  (bottom) PC Jamie Robinson.

Eddie Fewings (below) says West Park Drive is a problem asre. BELOW: A speed incidator sign like the one proposed and (bottom) PC Jamie Robinson.

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A NEW bid to cut speeding in Blackpool has received a cash boost.

Around £3,000 has been donated to the Belle Vue Neighbourhood Watch Residents Association to buy a speed indicator device in the hope of cutting down reckless driving in the area.

Eddie Fewings

Eddie Fewings

The cash for the equipment, which signals drivers’ speed, has been allocated to the association from the Gateway Area Forum, which donates money to community groups.

Eddie Fewings, chairman of the Neighbourhood Watch group, bid for the device supported by PCSO Dennis Nelson and Talbot PACT (police and communities together) at the last forum meeting.

He said: “We put the bid together and the forum voted for it.

“These devices are mobile so can be moved around the area.

A Speed Indicator Device

A Speed Indicator Device

“They work in slowing drivers down. There is one of them on Preston New Road which I drive past every day, I know they work.

“It’s a no-brainer. It’s for the community – it’s going to raise awareness of speeding so people will take action.

“It’s horrendous on West Park Drive where there are roundabouts which people hit at 35mph when they should be slowing down.”

Residents say another problem area is the junction of Whitegate Drive, Mere Road, Forest Gate and Hornby Road with drivers jumping red lights.

PC Jamie Robinson

PC Jamie Robinson

The Belle Vue Neighbourhood Watch will own the device and the police will manage it, moving it around the problem roads.

PC Jamie Robinson, community beat manager for Talbot ward, said:

“The issue of inconsiderate driving was raised at a PACT meeting last month. We have quite little roads between Whitegate Drive and West Park Drive and the perception is people drive a bit erratically.

“The device is another tool on our belt. The support we get from the community to get funding like this is brilliant.”

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