Scotter residents are taking action against speeding

Residents in Scotter have been playing their part to help cut speeds through their village by organising a community speedwatch initiative.

Scotter Community Speedwatch is part of a scheme backed by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, which trains volunteers to track speeds through the village via hand-held speed guns.

Registration numbers of cars exceeding the speed limit are passed on to the police who may contact drivers where there has been excessive speed or repeat offending.

Brian Gilchrist, Scotter’s Community Speedwatch founder and co-ordinator, said: “Residents have been concerned about speeding in Scotter for many years.

Jon Harper, chair of Scotter Parish Council and Brian Gilchrist, founder of Scotter Community Speedwatch

“We regularly see excessive speeds on the A159 and in other areas of the village too, creating dangerous conditions for pedestrians and drivers alike.

"Rather than just complain about it, we decided to be proactive. Anyone with a couple of hours to spare now and then is welcome to join us as a volunteer.”

Funding for the equipment and training has been provided by Scotter Parish Council and local district councillors have also made donations via the Councillor Initiative Fund.

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Jon Harper, Parish Council chair, said: “Brian has worked very hard to research and set up this initiative.

“It’s an excellent scheme and the parish council are delighted to back it. We hope more people will get involved as lockdown ends and restrictions ease.”

Brian oversaw the fitting of a visual speed indicator sign on the A159 in another step forwards for the scheme.

This sign alerts approaching drivers of their speed and can be moved around the village as necessary and data gathered from the sign will help to inform future Speedwatch activities.

Data from the first few days has already shown that approximately 50 per cent of traffic passing this point is speeding to some extent, with at least one incident of a vehicle traveling at 60mph in this 30mph zone.

Coun Liz Clews said: “When I took a look at the speed sign location, it was already making a positive impact to vehicles slowing down. Instant success towards road safety in Scotter."