Police Speed Watch in Preston

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A POLICE SPEED WATCH scheme is taking place in Preston. The initiative undertaken by Humberside Police Community Support Officer Simon Cook is aimed at achieving a reduction of speeding traffic through the community.

Preston resident John Hockless has campaigned relentlessly against speeding traffic through the village. In August 2011 he highlighted the issue on the Hedon Blog, in particular the fast-moving tractors with their ‘monster wheels’ that confronted residents as they walk the narrow pathways, particularly at the main crossroads in the village.

At the South and Mid Holderness eBeat meeting held online last night (30th Jan 2012) PCSO Cook said:

“I have just started a speed watch scheme in Preston, and I started along Weghill Road. I will be completing speed watch at different locations and times in Preston. I have spoken to the Highways department regards the cross roads and will do again to see what action we can take to stop the vehicles going onto the path or going frighteningly close. I will be along the crossroads completing high visibility patrols to observe the traffic.”

HU12 Online says: Because of the active interest from residents in road safety in Preston then there may be an opportunity to start a community speed watch scheme?  Community Speed Watch supports trained volunteers to work within their communities to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding and to help control the problem locally.

A Community Speed Watch can be started subject to sufficient interest and resources being available. It involves poster and sign campaigns linked to direct action using speed guns. The use of the speed-checking devices will lead to speeding drivers being sent warning letters from the police.

HU12 Online obtained some official statistics from the East Riding Council about traffic flows and accident rates in the village last October 2011, but we still welcome the viewpoints and experiences of Preston residents themselves regarding any speeding problems in the village. Leave a comment below.

Remember! the Humberside Police single non emergency number is now telephone: 101. Use this number to:

  • To report a crime
  • For information and advice
  • To contact a member of your local neighbourhood policing team

You should still call 999 in an emergency.

About the Author

Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (Editor)
Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and also edits the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

3 Comments on "Police Speed Watch in Preston"

  1. Cllr. John Dennis - SWHolderness Ward Member and Hedon Town Councillor | February 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply

    I welcome this initiative by PCSO Simon Cook, and hope it has the desired effect.
    The problem of traffic in Preston, has been getting worse as more and more trucks come through the village from the Saltend direction and head out again towards Burstwick, and of course vice-versa. There have been a number of close calls at the traffic light junction outside the Post Office, and I know that Mr. Hockless had a near-miss himself.
    The issue of speeding along Weghill Road is very worrying too.
    Mr Hockless and others in the village have been in contact with me over this. I can confirm that I have continued to press for some action by the ERYC, although the initial response, following a meeting I held ‘on site’ with residents and ERYC highways officers last July,was not at all positive.
    I have since requested the involvement of the ERYC’s Head of Streetscene Services, John Skidmore and I know that he and his team have been looking deeply into the whole issue.
    I will be meeting with him, and Mike Bryan, my fellow Ward Councillor late this month and I hope a more positive outcome will result from John Skidmore’s investigation.
    Cllr.John Dennis, ERYC Ward Member S.W.Holderness

    • Thank you I am over the moon now I feel like something is being done BEFORE ITS TO LATE the only thing I ask is get these people into the village on the corner near the lights looking towards Weghill road, or stand at the local china take away and have a look for yourself how much space there is between the road and the houses ( facing the traffic lights )
      the spray of the HGVs is bad enough, but then as you are aware the speed its madness.Once again thank you I will inform mr Ireland about the progress.

  2. I am interested depending on times etc, anything to slow these DRIVERS down and make Preston safer for all

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