Volunteers needed to rejuvenate Uckfield speed watch

Volunteers are being sought to help reinvigorate Uckfield’s speed watch campaign.

Townspeople and residents’ associations will be asked to come forward and operate a speed indicator device (SID).

There are concerns about the speed of traffic at a number of locations in Uckfield.

Training and safety

The SID can be moved to different approved locations but needs a group of volunteers to deploy the equipment at different times of the day.

The volunteers will be trained and given safety advice before going on speed watch duties.

East Sussex County Council Highways loans the SID to operators but it has been rarely deployed in Uckfield in recent times because of a lack of volunteers.

Enthusiasm

A report to member of the town council’s environment and leisure committee from Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrats, Uckfield East, said:

“In view of the lack of volunteers and someone to actively manage this, we have not deployed SID for some little time.”

He added that in the past the scheme had worked well when there was an enthusiastic co-ordinator and volunteers.

Councillors agreed to try and breathe new life into the scheme.

Residents’ associations will be approached but the scheme will be thrown open to everyone with an interest to try and make it a whole-town project.

Contact Uckfield Town Council if you are interested: admin@uckfieldtc.gov.uk

Members of the environment and leisure committee present at Monday night’s meeting:

Chair: Jez Beesley, Trust Independent, Ridgewood
Vice-chair: Donna French, Trust Independent, East
Karen Bedwell, no party given, Ridgewood
Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
James Edwards, Liberal Democrats, Ridgewood
Gary Johnson, Conservative, West
Spike Mayhew, Trust Independent, New Town
Angie Smith, Labour and Co-operative, North

Apologies

Ben Cox, Labour and Co-operative, New Town

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