Councillors voice support for speed watch
PLANS have been launched to combat speeding motorists in Wincanton.
Town councillors have pledged to support a proposed speed watch scheme for the town centre.
The initiative would see a team of speed-conscious residents patrol the town's streets in bright jackets holding devices which gauge vehicle speeds.
It is hoped that the scheme will provide accurate information on speeding in the town. The results could then be used to lobby for speed cameras to be introduced.
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Colin Winder, mayor of Wincanton, recently met south Somerset neighbourhood police Inspector Jackie Gold to discuss the idea.
Mr Winder said: "Councillors will receive some training and we will be able to run the speed watch system on the High Street, Bayford Hill and South Street.
"Working with police, two or three people could register the speed and registration number of vehicles coming towards them.
"Wincanton has quite a busy high street because it's an old town and there are a lot of archways and avenues where people walk out straight into the road.
"It's very dangerous. We hope to get speed cameras into the town by using the facts and figures we put together as a result of this scheme."
Mark Valance, owner of The Lunch Box on High Street, called for speed bumps or chicanes to be introduced in parts of the town.
He said: "I often cringe when I see people driving down High Street. People on the street really have to watch themselves.
"Speeding has been an issue for me and other traders for a while.
"There are often delivery vehicles pulling up and stopping, but the speed people come down the road is silly.
"I think the people who speed in the town are mostly locals. They should know better."
Town councillor Maureen Emery, who lives on High Street, added: "Speeding has been something that has happened for a long time, mostly at night. It really can be a nightmare."
Wincanton beat manager PC Andrew Brown said: "Over the years community speed watch has been shown to be effective in reducing the speed of vehicles. We support these schemes whenever possible.
"If anybody would like to know more about the community speed watch or would like to volunteer I can be contacted at Wincanton police station or by calling 101."