Thursday, February 04, 2010

Community Speed Watch in Action!

Between lots of jobs today, I joined PC Jeff Summerhill and PCSO Liz Harley, together with local resident Alan Robinson, as we tried out the Community Speed Watch equipment for the first time in the ward. Jeff's interview is well worth watching - if you would like to take part in this initiative, then contact him at

And if you live in Haughton, Springfield or Whinfield, do try and come along to our next PACT meeting this Monday, at 7.30pm in the new Salvation Army building on Thompson Street East.


Stirling Moss said...

How many people does it take to work a one man piece of equiptment?

One Copper, one PCSO, one dogooger and a blogger.

It'ss ajoke no wonder they can't catch proper criminals look at the wasted man power.....but on the up side it's easy money to fine the ever persecuted motorist!

Enjoy yourselves and play nice, it always used to be an offence to "waste Police time" now it's all the rage.

No wonder Francis Jones is laughing all the way tot he bank, with all hte Police out playing fine the speeder no real Police work appears to be getting done :(

james said...

Stirling Moss - I doubt that this takes up much police time!

Darlington Councillor said...

Fair point James. And there's a wider point.

The streets of Haughton West (indeed the community across Haughton, Springfield and Whinfield) are not awash with crime. Muggers do not lurk in Doggylope Lane. Pimps and prostitutes rarely make Littlebeck Drive a no-go area. It has been some time since there was a drive-by shooting in Furness Street.

That isn't to say there isn't crime - there is (for example some break-ins to houses and garages). Talking to local police officers, however, I get a sense that everything that could be done to detect these crimes is being taken forward.

So, when local people via our PACT meetings are asked to set priorities for the police locally, they pick (1) anti-social behaviour (2) speeding and (3) illegal motorbikes in public open spaces. All troublesome, to be sure, and problems which have a real impact on the quality of life of local people. But it is perverse to criticize the police when they spend time tackling the problems local residents themselves have highlighted as their priorities.

miketually said...

Aww, I do feel sorry for "the ever persecuted motorist".

I'm still undecided on these schemes. How much extra man power would it take to put a proper speed trap in place and actually punish people for breaking the law instead of sending them a sternly worded letter?

Aeres said...

Your Speed: 2mph - SLOW DOWN!!!

Is there only me with a short enough attention span to have noticed this? I nearly spat my wine out! Simple humour for simple minds I guess...

miketually said...

I saw that too :)

Decent person who sometimes makes a mistake said...

I think the idea of the police helping self-righteous zealots to shop their neighbours for what ammounts to very minor infringements of a statutory speed limit stinks to high heaven.

I have seen these people in action. They do not limit themselves to spotting maniacs tearing around at high speed. They gleefully write down the reg numbers of people who are driving perfectly safely but have inadvertently allowed their speed to creep up to 34mph - usually because traffic and weather conditions are good.

How on earth are we to build any community spirit when we have prigs trying to get their otherwise well behaved neighbours into trouble.

miketually said...

"How on earth are we to build any community spirit when we have prigs trying to get their otherwise well behaved neighbours into trouble."

How on Earth do we build community spirit when people are unable to drive at a reasonable speed through residential areas?

The areas targeted are streets where it is almost never appropriate to drive at the speed limit, let alone 15% over it.