Community’s speed patrol

September 02 2020

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help provide a crossing patrol outside Lyde Green Primary School when term re-starts.
Lyde Green Neighbourhood Watch is organising the patrol, which is due to take place on Wednesday, September 2 from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm.
Appealing for volunteers via its Facebook page, the group said: “The aim is to slow down the traffic as much as possible, thus creating a safe environment for the children.
“There will also be handing out of flyers detailing what is going on and why.”
Last month the Voice reported on a petition organised by Emersons Green deputy mayor Sadik Al-Hassan calling for an “average speed check net” to stop drivers speeding on Lyde Green’s roads, which have a 20mph limit.
Willowherb Road, which runs in front of the school, is one of the worst affected by drivers breaking the limit, with speed monitoring surveys carried out over the last three years recording an average speed of 34mph, with some drivers reaching up to 56mph.
More than 300 have signed the petition, with an earlier petition by Emersons Green ward councillor Rachael Hunt gaining almost 400 signatures.
The neighbourhood watch patrol needs volunteers for either the morning or afternoon session, or both, on September 2. People with their own high-viz jackets are particularly welcome.
Anyone who would like to volunteer should message the group via its Facebook page.