County council and police commissioner launch road safety fund

17/08/2022
Dominic Browne

Gloucestershire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for the county have set up a £600,000 road safety fund open to community groups to apply for local measures.

The type of interventions that could be funded include road safety officer support, speed surveys, road safety-themed wheelie bin stickers, vehicle activated signs to encourage drivers to slow down, and community speedwatch cameras.

Applications for the first phase of the Community Speedwatch Safety Fund, will be open until 31 August and must be supported by the local county councillor.

The council said rural areas in the Cotswolds will be among the first to benefit from the fund with speedwatch cameras. The first cameras will be operational in Quenington by the middle of October.

Speedwatch cameras will be installed across all six districts in the many communities that have already applied for this funding, the council said.

Left to right: Cllr Dom Morris, Michael Scott, Chief Inspector Al Barby, Cllr Norman, Robert Passmore, John Dooley, Ian Tonner from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Evans.

Cllr Dave Norman, the council's cabinet member responsible for road safety policy, said: 'This fund is all about making our communities safer and helping to reduce the number of road deaths and injuries in Gloucestershire.

'I am delighted that we have been able to work with the OPCC to create this fund and that communities are now starting to feel the benefits of it.'

Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire Chris Nelson said: 'Speeding is the bane of so many communities and one of the issues that people raise with me most when I am out and about.

'Motorists have a responsibility to treat other road users with respect and it is disappointing that despite all the evidence and warnings of the dangers involved so many drivers think it’s still ok to go over the limit, putting themselves and others at risk.'

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