14 February, 2019
Residents interested in taking part in the Town Council’s proposed Community Speedwatch initiative are being asked to contact us.
The Council is looking to set up the scheme following a series of complaints about speeding vehicles at several locations in the town, in particular Cwmavon Road, Varteg Road and Garn Road.
Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where residents join with the support of the police to monitor speeds using speed detection devices. Its aims include reducing death and injury on the roads and improving the quality of life for local communities
Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. If these efforts are ignored and there is evidence of repeat offences, prosecution can follow. Volunteers receive training from neighbourhood policing team staff.
Six volunteers are needed to help run the initiative, and some members of the community have already stepped forward. But more would be preferred to cover periods of absence.
Cllr Alan Jones is championing the project. “There are a number of areas in town where residents are saying their quality of life is affected by speeding drivers,” he said. “We have to at least give this idea a try. A few volunteers have already come forward, but we’re still looking for more.”
Please contact the Council for application forms.