Over recent years, traffic passing through the parish has reached levels of both inconvenience and danger for the residents of the village, in particular the number of heavy good vehicles and speeding vehicles passing through Tebworth. The traffic calming committee has been set-up with the aim of reducing the danger posed by traffic.
Our primary weapon against people speeding through the villages is our Community Speed Watch campaign. This is a scheme designed to help people reduce traffic speeding through their neighbourhood, and is fully supported by Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service in our area. More details are available at the Bedfordshire Police website
The main message is that Community Speed Watch is about education and NOT enforcement – we are not there to catch speeding vehicles, but to educate them that we care about our parish and villages and wish to ensure the safety of our residents. If our speedwatch campaign shows that we have a major problem then the police are committed to providing the enforcement that speedwatch cannot.
At the moment we have four members of our Speed Watch – all parish councillors. I have had conversations with some parishioners who wish to volunteer to help and participate – and this is critical to the success of the group. We need more volunteers who are willing to undergo the required training, which has been much simplified and made more accessible by Beds Police, and who are willing to form part of a team of three to conduct a speedwatch ‘activity’ on a regular basis. If we can gather together twelve people then we can do this once per week, every week but each person only needs to turn out once a month – by the way we intend to cover both morning and afternoon rush-hours so it’s not all early mornings! If we can achieve this level of consistency then the passing motorists will inevitably come to associate our parish with speedwatch and hopefully the average speed of the passing motorists will decrease accordingly.
So if you would like to volunteer please fill in the form below.
Cllr Michael Wells