Volunteers needed for Launceston area Community Speed Watch scheme

Launceston Community Network Panel is recruiting volunteers for a Community Speed Watch scheme.

Responding to local concerns about speeding in the area, Launceston Community Network Panel is setting up the scheme in partnership with Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police.

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Speed Watch schemes aim to engage and educate speeding drivers.  Teams of trained volunteers and sometimes police officers or community support officers monitor traffic from the roadside in speeding hot spots.  Speeding vehicles are recorded and warning letters are sent to the vehicle owner together with educational information.

Persistent offenders receive a further warning letter and may also have a visit from their local neighbourhood policing team to deliver some words of advice.  Those who continue to ignore the warnings may face prosecution as a result of failing to adhere to the speed limit.

Cornwall Councillor Neil Burden, Chair of Launceston Community Network Panel, said: “People in the Launceston Community Network area have told us that speeding is an ongoing concern.  So a Community Speed Watch scheme is being set up with the full support of our local police Inspector Hughes, who will assist with the training which will be organised shortly.  More volunteers would be very welcome in joining the scheme. After training, small teams will spend 2-3 hours a month on Speed Watch patrol in hot spots throughout the area.”

Councillor Burden continued: “At Launceston Community Network Panel’s next meeting on 15 March, we’ll be discussing and agreeing priorities for the next 12 months.  If you have great ideas you’d like to see developed or concerns you think we should address, come along and share your views, help shape local priorities and focus the work of your panel.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Community Speed Watch scheme should email Rosemary Stone, Launceston Communities Support Assistant, at Rosemary.Stone@cornwall.gov.uk.

The next Launceston Community Network Panel takes place on Thursday 15 March at 7.00pm in Launceston Town Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend and share their ideas for the panel’s priorities for the coming year.

Launceston Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to progress these by working in partnership with Cornwall Council and its partners, including town and parish councils, the voluntary and community sector, and the police and health services.  The panel’s current priorities include local health provision, road and broadband infrastructure, and neighbourhood planning.

Launceston Community Network Panel includes all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the 16 parishes in the community network: Altarnun, Boyton, Egloskerry, Laneast, Launceston, Lawhitton, Lewannick, Lezant, North Hill, North Petherwin, South Petherwin, St Stephens by Launceston, St Thomas the Apostle, Stoke Climsland, Trewen and Werrington.

Story posted 12 March 2018