There is much concern on Fairfield being expressed by parents and others of the speed of vehicles on our streets. One major trouble spot is Dickens Boulevard where commercial vehicles and vans go well beyond the 20mph limit along a road that is often choked with parked vehicles. Recently there have been two accidents involving children
Police manpower is so short that they cannot take action. However, FPC is linking up with a Speedwatch group that will periodically monitor speed of traffic and note the registration details of offending vehicles.
Ken Smith of Clifton has successfully got Speedwatch groups off the ground in his own village, plus Henlow, and Lower Stondon and has now agreed to add Langford and Fairfield to his list.
A site had been chosen in Dickens Boulevard and a risk assessment carried out. Once police consultation is complete, a trial morning will take place shortly.
Offenders’ registration details are passed to the police, who then send the registered owner a letter. Addresses are recorded and on the third offence of an habitual offender the letter will be hand-delivered by a police officer who will discuss the situation with the vehicle owner and advise them and also speak to the driver if different.
If anyone feels that they would like to get involved with Speedwatch (which is a national initiative) please email our clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will pass details onto Ken. A morning’s training at Police HQ in Kempston is required, the next session is in July.