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A speed zapping ‘gimmick’

PC Lyndsey Hooper (Staining Community Beat Manager) and Councillor John Singleton on Westfield Avenue (which becomes Whitemoss Avenue), Staining.

PC Lyndsey Hooper (Staining Community Beat Manager) and Councillor John Singleton on Westfield Avenue (which becomes Whitemoss Avenue), Staining.

They were the army of street volunteers, determined to stop dangerous drivers from rocketing through their village.

Armed with handheld speed guns, they hoped to rid the menace of unsafe motoring from their quiet rural streets.

But months after being trained, not one zap has been made in anger - and now they want answers.

Coun John Singleton, who represents Staining and Weeton on Fylde Council, has accused Lancashire Police of shunning volunteers in the villages who were trained in the use of the guns last year.

Coun Singleton says despite repeated requests for the volunteers to be given duties with the speed gun, their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

He said: “In Weeton there are volunteers who have been waiting to be trained for four months and have not had any communication whatsoever from the police.

“We are still waiting.

“This lack of police support makes me wonder if this community involvement spin is just another public relations gimmick to make people believe that community effort really works.”

A survey by Lancashire County Council in October revealed just 3.5 per cent of drivers travelling through Staining adhere to the 20mph limit, and it was hoped the scheme would act as an effective deterrent.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said no-one was available to comment specifically on Coun Singleton’s claims but said: “Road safety is a key priority for Lancashire Constabulary and we will always strive to listen to concerns from the local community and support the Road Watch scheme where it is required.

“We’ve had really positive feedback from local communities in the past and we very much want to continue to work with willing volunteers.

“If anybody has any concerns about the scheme then I would urge them to contact police.

“Residents are also encouraged to raise their concerns about speeding so that the police, together with local councils, can take appropriate action which may include additional mobile speed enforcement.”

 

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