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New fund launched to improve safety of county’s roads

Published
16.05.2022

A new fund has been launched to help create a greener, safer and healthier county, as part of a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

(L-R) Gavin Roberts, Assistant Chief Fire Officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, Nick Evans, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, Chris Nelson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, Cllr Nick Housden, local county councillor for Stonehouse, and Cllr David Norman, Cabinet member responsible for road safety

The £600,000 Community Speedwatch Safety Fund will give communities the tools they need to combat speeding in their areas.

The fund aims to make the county’s roads safer for the pedestrians, cyclists and motorists that use them.

Applications can be made for a range of measures, including Road Safety Officer support, speed surveys, ‘Twenty is Plenty’ wheelie bin stickers, vehicle activated signs to encourage drivers to slow down, and community speedwatch cameras.

Bids must be supported by the local county councillor and submitted by 31 August.

Cllr Norman, Cabinet member responsible for road safety at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to work with the OPCC to create this fund.

“The Community Speedwatch Safety Fund will have a positive impact on road safety in Gloucestershire and help to reduce road deaths and injuries.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson said, “Working closely with the Constabulary and County Highways, we have revolutionised the Community Speed Watch scheme to better empower those wishing to tackle persistent speeding and make our roads safer. 

"Education and community involvement are crucial ingredients to ensure a long term, positive effect on road safety.

“I hope this developing partnership between the Police, Fire Service, County council and local communities is a recipe for success in dealing with a problem that has been plaguing communities across Gloucestershire for years.”

Mark Preece, Chief Fire Officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This fund is important to ensure our roads are safer for everyone that uses them.

“Emergency services, with partners across Gloucestershire, will continue to work together to tackle this serious issue and keep people safe on our roads.”

For information on the fund, visit at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/your-community/the-community-speedwatch-fund/

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