Volunteers needed as Uckfield Community Speedwatch nears re-start

Attempts to reinvigorate Uckfield Community Speedwatch are forging ahead.

Eastbourne Road at Ridgewood with the Fernley Park roundabout in the distance. This area was identified as a place where drivers often speed at a town council meeting last year

The town council is working on a renewed campaign with help from Sussex Police and county councillor Chris Dowling.

Efforts are further ahead in the Ridgewood area, where a small group is established, and now the town council is seeking volunteers from across Uckfield.

Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where local communities work with the support of the Police to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. 

Police action

Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. 

In cases where education is ignored or there is evidence of repeat or excessive offences (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution can follow.

How to volunteer

Uckfield Town Council said:

“Full training will be provided by Sussex Police and you will have the support of your fellow volunteers when out on the roadside, so you are never on your own.

“It is such a vital role, and can really make a difference by increasing public awareness of speed restrictions where we live. It will help to reduce the speed of vehicles and reduce the risk of injury or death on our roads.”

If you are interested in volunteering and have a few hours to spare contact the Town Clerk at Uckfield Town Council by email at townclerk@uckfieldtc.gov.uk or by telephone on 01825 762774.

Ridgewood efforts

Arrangements are being made by the town council to buy a hand-held speed radar gun.

At this week’s town council meeting, Cllr Chris Dowling (Uckfield South with Framfield Division), reported on a meeting with a representative of Sussex Police.

He said publicity and marketing materials had been provided.

System is monitored

“The key thing with community speedwatch is getting volunteers,” he said.

“They will be trained. It is supported by the Police and is a managed and monitored system which can be effective.” 

Previously, a speedwatch group operated in Eastbourne Road and Cllr Dowling said potential sites for a group to operate from were being identified in Lewes Road.

Related link

Community Speedwatch UK [external link]

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