New road safety hub launches
A new one stop shop for reporting road safety concerns in Gloucestershire is launching this week.
The Road Safety Community Hub is being launched by Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, made up of Gloucestershire County Council, Gloucestershire Constabulary, the Police and Crime Commissioner's Office and Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service.
The new hub launches on Friday 28th October and will be the main point of contact for residents to report any concerns they have about road safety in their local area. Reports can be made via the Road Safety Partnership's website at http://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/communityhub/.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said, "During my first term in office it became clear that councillors, police, organisations, individuals had concerns over road safety but the work wasn't going to one central place. At times it was being duplicated because it wasn't co-ordinated.
"So it seemed common sense to me to create one central hub to bring together the expertise of the police, engineers and the road safety experts to provide a better, more efficient way of resolving the problems encountered in our towns and villages.
"I think it will bring a more consistent approach and because people will know where to go with their concerns, their ideas or for advice, it will make decision making more accountable".
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for road safety at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "This new hub is quick and easy way for residents to share their concerns and ideas with the Road Safety Partnership.
"By working more closely with our partners and helping communities to influence changes, we will be able to improve road safety in Gloucestershire."
The Hub is an addition to the existing services offered by the Road Safety Partnership and joins forces with colleagues in police and highways to provide the best possible service to the county's communities.
By working more closely together, they will be able to improve the quality of life for people living, working and travelling within Gloucestershire by reducing collisions and casualties on our roads and promoting road safety skills.
The launch event takes place at Gloucestershire Rural Community Council's headquarters in Gloucester. It has been instrumental in putting together the original speed toolkit that gave community groups a range of practical ideas and advice on ways they help themselves to improve road safety.