Communities safer due to road safety fund

Gloucestershire’s road safety fund is making a difference to communities around the county, with a range of new road safety measures being put in place.

The Community Speedwatch Safety Fund, which is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), aims to make the county’s roads safer for the pedestrians, cyclists and motorists that use them.

It aims to provide communities with the tools they need to combat speeding in their area and has made funding worth £600,000 available to community groups to make applications for a range of measures.

These include Road Safety Officer support, speed surveys, road safety-themed wheelie bin stickers, vehicle activated signs (VAS) to encourage drivers to slow down and community speedwatch cameras.

The fund has been split into two phases, having been launched last year, and the second round has just concluded. There were 290 applications for road safety measures from 119 different parishes in stage one and a further 124 requests from 72 parishes in stage two.

The benefits are already being felt around the county, with many actions already carried out including:

Phase 1:

  • 31 speed surveys carried out
  • 62 requests for wheelie bin stickers approved and provided
  • 20 requests for community speedwatch cameras approved and issued, and another 32 approved in principle
  • 12 requests for VAS signs approved and another eight approved in principle
  • 36 requests for a road safety officer approved and completed – 140 hours in total have been dedicated to road safety officer time

Phase 2:

  • 24 requests for speed surveys
  • 21 requests for wheelie bin stickers
  • 25 requests for community speedwatch cameras
  • 27 requests for VAS signs
  • 21 requests for a road safety officer visit

The stage two applications are now being processed and work is continuing to fully complete bids made in stage one.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for road safety, said: “I’m pleased that so many applications have been made in both stages of the fund, with many communities now feeling the benefits of these new road safety measures they have successfully applied for.

“We are committed to reducing the number of road deaths and injuries in Gloucestershire by making our roads safer and will continue working in partnership with the OPCC to deliver our ambitions.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson said: “At the heart of this issue is the need for all road users to take responsibility for their actions and recognise that speeding is totally unacceptable and is not something that everyone else does.

“Our mission in working with the county council is to bring about a fundamental change in people’s behaviour and the early signs are encouraging.”

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

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