Sid will help make parishes' roads safer

Contributed by editor on Apr 12, 2008 - 12:00 AM

Three villages in the Elham Valley have pooled resources to set up a
Speed Watch scheme.

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Parish councils in Lyminge, Elham and Stelling Minnis
have jointly purchased a Speed Indicator Device (SID) which detects the
speed of passing traffic and displays the speed on a large panel for the
driver to see.

Complaints about speeding through villages are all too common but
traffic calming is expensive and often unsightly. It was also clear to
Kent County Council Community Warden, Gary Harrison that this was a
problem affecting a number of villages in the Elham Valley.

County Councillor, Susan Carey, suggested the Speed Watch scheme which
is supported by Kent Police as a way of dealing with speeding across of
a large number of trouble spots. The scheme does not aim to punish
motorists but to remind them of the speed limit and encourage safer

Speed Watch is endorsed by Kent Police and they are training the first
set of volunteers this Saturday (12 April) at Stelling Minnis village

Susan Carey said, ‘Speed Watch empowers local people to deal with
speeding where it matters to them and I hope other communities will
follow the lead taken by Lyminge, Elham and Stelling Minnis.’

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