Volunteers wanted to halt speeders
A WINCANTON town councillor is trying to find a way to prevent drivers ignoring the town's speed limits.
Councillor Colin Winder is eager to establish a community speed watch group following a trial period of a speed indication device (SID) by Somerset County Council on one of the main routes into the town.
The device, which records the number of passing vehicles and their speed, was installed at a 30mph zone on Moor Lane on Tuesday, August 27 and was meant to be in place for a period of one month.
But due to a "battery failure" the device only recorded data for six days up until Sunday, September 1.
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During the six days the SID recorded 3,001 vehicles travelling along the road, with an average speed of 32mph.
Eight drivers were travelling in excess of 50mph, while 346 were travelling between 40 and 50mph.
A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: "The SID at Moor Lane was installed for a trial following a request from Wincanton Town Council.
"The results of the trial confirmed that the location does meet the qualification criteria and this location will therefore be added to the SID programme and will receive a SID on a regular basis, starting in the new year."
Councillor Winder said that getting a speed watch group off the ground could be a good way of combating excess speed.
He said: "We have tried to set one up before, but there never seemed to be the interest.
"But now there are more people wanting to get involved.
"People are far more aware of the speeding going on down Bayford Hill and West Hill. Those are the areas that I get most of the chatter from residents.
"There was a fatal accident on Bayford Hill earlier in the year, and there are a lot of children who walk along West Hill.
"Cars and children do not mix well together.
"I have been on speed watches in other places and people do slow down when they see the groups."
The group requires a minimum of 12 volunteers who will receive full training from the Neighbourhood Beat Police Community Support Officers. For more information on how to sign up, contact the Town Hall on 01963 31693.