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Volunteer appeal for Moreton Hall Community Speedwatch initiative

A call has gone out for volunteers to educate drivers of the dangers of speeding on a Bury St Edmunds estate.

Moreton Hall resident Andy Ellis is recruiting for a Community Speedwatch scheme, which he hopes could raise road safety awareness.

The former driving instructor hopes to get the initiative – which will initially cover Moreton Hall and The Bartons but could eventually cover the whole town – up and running as soon as possible, subject to volunteer numbers and funding.

Andy Ellis, Bury St Edmunds Community Speedwatch group co-ordinator (29019027)
Andy Ellis, Bury St Edmunds Community Speedwatch group co-ordinator (29019027)

"I'm trying to give something back to the community," said Andy.

"The road I live in has a particular problem with speeding. Community Speedwatch is about trying to educate people to try to make them more aware of the 'fatal four': inappropriate speed; mobile phone use; not wearing a seatbelt and drink/drug driving."

Mr Ellis said he was aware of several problem areas, including Bedingfeld Way, Symonds Road, Mount Road, Airfield Road and Lady Miriam Way.

The initiative has already won the support of Moreton Hall Residents' Association's Robert Houlton-Hart and town councillor Cyrille Bouché.

Community Speedwatch is a nationally-recognised scheme allowing members of the community – at least six volunteers are needed for each Community Speedwatch – to be involved in road safety, monitoring speeds with detection equipment.

Andy hopes to source some start-up funding through Bury Town Council and is calling for any businesses interested in sponsoring the scheme to get in touch.

For more information or to tell Andy about other problem areas on the estate, emailbsecommunityspeedwatch@btinternet.com or call 07760 272356.

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