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Camera car puts spotlight on speed in Chester

Published date: 24 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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COMMUNITY safety wardens have held two events to highlight speeding in Chester.

A council camera car visited Mill View Primary School and Upton Heath Primary School during the times of the school run to highlight the need for considerate parking outside the premises at these times.

A Speed Indication Device, showing a smiley face for under 30mph and a sad face for over the speed limit, was put in operation in the morning just before and after the start of the school day on Upton Lane by Penfold Hey and in the afternoon on Wealstone Lane.

They were supported by colleagues from Streetscene and local PCSO Matthew Browell and council dog warden Ruth Turner.

On Upton Lane 105 vehicles were below the speed limit and two above while in Wealstone Lane all 98 vehicles were under 30mph.

A speed gun was also used on Caughall Road in the afternoon monitoring cars entering and leaving the area.

The data gathered from these times is forwarded to the local policing team for Upton and the road safety unit at Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Many dog walkers spoke to joint patrols involving community safety wardens and the dog warden who issued dog bags.

The focus was on areas in which specific complaints have been received but also included the general Upton area.

In conjunction with Streetscene, the Year 6 pupils at Mill View Primary School and Upton Westlea Primary School had an educational environmental workshop.

The pupils at Upton Westlea Primary School are designing posters around the lessons learnt from the workshop, one of which will be chosen to be displayed on a bin outside the school.

Upton councillors Jill Houlbrook and Hilarie McNae have backed the Impact Days initiative.

Cllr Houlbrook said: “The two Impact Days were extremely successful, showing the Upton community what the community safety wardens undertake and how they work together with Streetscene colleagues and Cheshire Police.

“They spoke to a wide range of local people and businesses over the two days and of particular success was the campaign to stop drivers speeding over the 30mph limit in three areas of Upton.”

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