Speedwatch group launched in Lakenheath

The launch of the Lakenheath Community Speedwatch group. L-R: Colin Butcher, Rick Gove, Clive Robinson, Dave Wood, Peta Gyte (Parish Councillor), Neil Brooks, Heidi Nelson and Cllr Louise Marston.
The launch of the Lakenheath Community Speedwatch group. L-R: Colin Butcher, Rick Gove, Clive Robinson, Dave Wood, Peta Gyte (Parish Councillor), Neil Brooks, Heidi Nelson and Cllr Louise Marston.
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A new speedwatch group consisting of vigilant residents has been started in Lakenheath.

At a meeting of concerned residents earlier this year, 10 volunteers agreed to be trained in how to use speed checking equipment.

The £1,600 cost of the equipment and training needed has been raised through a grant of £800 from Lakenheath Parish Council.

This was matched by a further £400 from two Forest Heath district ward councillors, Louise Marston and Colin Noble.

Cllr Marston said: “The whole community identified the issue of speeding locally as a real concern, so they came together to work on a way they could tackle the concern together.

“I’m very happy to give some financial support to such a strong community effort.”

Cllr Noble, who is also leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “This is a good example of a community raising an issue and working with determination on a solution.

“Lakenheath’s Community Speedwatch Scheme is exactly the kind of thing locality budgets are supposed to be used for – helping communities to take action for themselves.”

Representing the parish council, Cllr Peta Gyte added: “Any speedwatch scheme must have the support of the parish council and we are hopeful that our team of volunteers will make a difference. Hopefully we can at least make drivers more aware and mindful of the importance of careful and considerate driving in our village.”