Grantham residents take a stand to stop speeding in their neighbourhood
Neighbours are taking a stand against motorists who speed on their road as part of a new police scheme.
New powers given to PCSO’s means that they will be able to clamp down more on those who speed in Grantham and the surrounding areas.
Chief Constable Bill Skelly has authorised the extra powers for PCSOs in Lincolnshire following a review of the standard nationally set powers for PCSOs.
He explained: “I have decided to designate additional powers to our PCSOs which focus on traffic issues and relate directly to the ‘Fatal Four’ initiative and our commitment to tackling serious and fatal collisions on our road.”
PCSO Jackie Fulker met with concerned residents on Princess Drive, one of the town’s speeding hotspots, last month.
Jackie, who has been a PCSO for 13 years, said: “Princess Drive seems to be particularly prone to speeding drivers. We will now be able to conduct more speed checks in certain areas, pull over more motorists to check driving licences and issue more speeding tickets.
“I am hoping that our presence will act as a deterrent particularly at school times when children are particularly vulnerable.”
George Harrison has lived on Princess Drive with his wife Irene for over 50 years.
He said: “Cars are always speeding up and down this road. It can very frightening. It’s especially worrying for the children who play on the green and in the play area.
“Many parents who walk their children to school are worried about the speed in which cars travel on this road. I think it doesn’t help that it is such a straight road.”
It is not the first time that residents on Princess Drive have tried to tackle speed.
Councillor Ian Selby, of Grantham Harrowby Ward, moved to Princess Drive 14 years ago and managed to get a speed limit sign installed, which flashes to inform a motorist about the speed that they are travelling.
He said: “My main concern is for the children that play in play area. Speeding is a law that is so easy to break, even broken accidentally, but it’s the reckless flouting that needs to be targeted, especially near schools”.