Speeding Motorists Targeted

10:07am Monday 12th October 2009

SPEEDING motorists in Nantwich and the surrounding villages are being targeted by a Crewe councillor together with police and other agencies.
Councillor Brian Silvester, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, recently met with Inspector Bob Hassall of the Nantwich Police to discuss the concerns of local residents.
Clr Silvester said: “During the visit I was briefed by Inspector Hassall about what local residents and town and parish councillors consider to be their local priorities.
"These included issues such as speeding vehicles, anti-social behaviour in open spaces and the policing of the town centre in the evening and early morning.”
He asked the police to make greater efforts to prosecute or fine speeding drivers and praised the work of Speedwatch volunteers who record the speed of vehicles through many of the villages around Nantwich.
He added: “Speedwatch volunteers do an excellent job.
"Motorists found to be speeding are sent a warning letter by the police.
"Most drivers will pay more attention to their speed when they have had a warning letter but some are irresponsible and carry on driving dangerously.
"This small minority of motorists need to be prosecuted.
"I believe there is a lot to be achieved from a coordinated approach to anti-social behaviour and town centre disturbances by the police, the council and other partners working together to deliver crime-fighting initiatives.
"Diversionary measures such as the recent two week fishing competition across the whole of Cheshire East show what can be achieved by introducing youngsters to a positive way of spending their spare time."
Inspector Bob Hassall added: "We welcome any feedback from all sections of our community and engagement with councillors is a very useful channel for this.
"In terms of speeding motorists who use local ‘rat runs’ it was agreed that it was not just a matter of enforcement but also engineering out the issue which lay with Cheshire East, something that Councillor Silvester will take forward.”