Needham Market: Town set to get speed watch group
A town’s attempt to set up a speed watch group to deter motorists breaking the law is set to be formed.
The group in Needham Market is being organised by the town’s Neighbourhood Watch Team.
So far the speed watch group has secured support from Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, Mid Suffolk District Council and Needham Market Town Council.
Chairman of the Neighbourhood Watch Group, Trevor Gibbons, said a total of £1,200 was needed to start the project. He said: “We are trying to get the speed watch group together but we need to get enough people available – it’s early days. It’s something that we will be doing in two or three months.
“We are on a main road for Wattisham Airfield and in the morning – between 7.30am and 9am – a lot of cars go up on the Needham to Barking to Wattisham road and residents have complained, it’s a dangerous road.
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“The Stowmarket to Needham road also gets very busy. For that reason we thought we would seriously consider starting the group.”
He said the road from Needham Market to Barking was of extra concern because of people walking to the doctor’s surgery.
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Mr Gibbons added: “We have five people who are happy to participate. We expect we will get enough at the next meeting. The guys have to be security checked and have proper equipment – it’s not a five minute job. I do not know if the police would have encouraged it in the past but Tim Passmore, who came to one of our meetings, is keen.
“I think it is a nice, friendly way to warn motorists that they are speeding. The person does not get fined – they get a letter.”
He said the money was needed to help pay for their own camera and support the volunteers – of which at least six are needed.
Kevin Hunter, clerk for Needham Market Town Council, said: “We support the Neighbourhood Watch group, they have taken the speed watch on board and they are keeping us in the loop. It’s great for a town like Needham Market for the people to take it on board themselves.”
The Neighbourhood Watch Group will hold its next meeting on September 9. The meeting will be at The Limes Hotel from 7.30pm. Anyone interested in joining can come along.