Posted: 27.11.20 at 16:56 by The Editor
A NEW Speed Indicator Device has been put up in Cockhill, Trowbridge, to try and prevent drivers from roaring along the road and making residents' lives a misery.
And the SID, as they are known, will run in parallel with a new Cockhill Community Speed Watch Group set-up by residents in response to the on-going problems that have cause them frustration.
While the stretch of road from the Bradford-on-Avon direction reduces from fifty miles per hour to 40mph and eventually 30mph when drivers reach Cockhill, local town councillor Diana King said drivers can put their foot down and speed excessively going in the other direction up the hill from the roundabout at Brook Road.
Cllr King said: “They come fairly fast down the hill but it is going up from the town that is the problem.
“They come from the little roundabout and then put their toe down and are doing sixty or seventy miles per hour.”
As a result, said Cllr King, residents have had damaged cars where lorries have clipped off wing mirrors or bashed into them, causing damage.
The SID will be on Cockhill until the middle of January and can only be used to provide data, as will the Speed Watch group, about drivers who break the limit.
But Cllr King insited the message was to do with 'education, education, education' concerning the speeding drivers rather than getting the police to formally be involved.
Cllr King said: “We are not looking to prosecute people, we are trying to educate them so they will not speed. Prosecuting is expensive and time-consuming. We want people to reduce their speed.”
And while this one SID will be moved to a different part of Trowbridge after its' use at Cockhill, Cllr King has already had talks about the prospect of installing them in her location for good and across the whole town.
She added: “I spoke to the leader of the Town Council Stewart Palmen and we were discussing it this morning (Friday). One of the plans for the council is we should get more of them and have them on the main roads in and out of Trowbridge.”
Cllr King also insisted that, once the SID is moved away from Cockhill, the Community Speed Watch Group will still be out in force.
“There are twelve of us trained up to go out and do it. We are waiting for our radar devices to and then we can get going.”