Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Residents could help halt “bat out of hell” drivers in Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 07:22 19 January 2013

Archant

RESIDENTS concerned about motorists who speed through their communities “like a bat out of hell” could be trained to help tackle the problem, a Sidmouth Town Council meeting heard.

But police have warned that many drivers who are perceived as going too fast are actually sticking to the limit – and a lack of resources means officers can no longer target specific areas.

Councillor Jack Brokenshire said residents had complained to him about speeding traffic in Sidford High Street and Temple Street.

“They go up there sometimes like a bat out of hell,” he told colleagues on Monday. “It’s about time something is done about it.”

PC Jim Tyrrell told councillors there was a difference between perceived speed and actual speed.

He added: “We no longer have such a good supply of resources to dedicate our time to targeting speeding in any certain areas.”

PC Tyrrell added that a “perceived” problem in Sid Road had been investigated in the past and there was “no evidence” of excess speed.

Cllr Christine Drew, who lives in Temple Street, said of the stretch: “You get the odd one but on the whole it is perception. I really believe that.”

Cllr Stuart Hughes added: “There is always the opportunity [for concerned residents] to set up a community speed watch. They can go through training with the police and are provided with equipment

“In Sidford there would be plenty of places to carry out the role safely.”

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:00

A project seeking to place up to 57 new blue plaques in Sidmouth is seeking support from owners of interesting buildings.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:09

A short film telling the story Sidmouth’s last fishing family’s ‘passion, loss and resilience’ got regional exposure on BBC One and is still available online.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:43

Emergency services were called to a crash near Ottery St Mary today (Friday).

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Council bosses will soon write to Sidmouth residents and businesses to ask if they will help to fundraise the £3.3million needed to pay for much-needed sea defences.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:11

Our Devon quiz is back for another round!

Read more
Yesterday, 11:33

Firefighters from Ottery St Mary were on scene for nearly an hour after a vehicle caught fire on the B3180.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:58

South West Water has completed a £5million project to construct a new wastewater treatment works near Ottery.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A Sid Valley Rotarian will join 90 volunteers from clubs across Great Britain and Ireland to immunise 170million Indian children against polio in a 
single day.

Read more
Thu, 17:30

A popular member of staff is taking over as front of house manager at Tickety-Boo.

Read more
Thu, 08:45

Devon and Cornwall residents are being polled on whether they would pay another £12 a year to ‘protect frontline policing’.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications