Police halt speed watch axe rumour

Launch of the Leslie Community Speedwatch programme
Launch of the Leslie Community Speedwatch programme

Fife Police have hit back at claims that popular community speed watch programmes in the region are to be axed saying they are “untrue”.

Politicians, including Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie have ‘jumped the gun’ by slamming Police Scotland over the perceived cuts.

And police officials have also put the brakes on what they called “false reports” that have appeared in some daily newspapers.

“We’d like to assure the public that we have no plans to scrap any of the dozen or so community-led speed watch schemes at this time, as reported in some sections of the media”, a Police Scotland spokesman told the Gazette.

“We carried out a 12-week trial scheme in the Crook of Devon in Kinross-shire and it was decided that the speed watch scheme there would not continue.

“Since then there have been unfounded reports that we are scrapping the schemes throughout Fife and this is categorically not the case.

“They are ongoing and we will continue to support them”, the spokesman added.

Community Councils in Kinglassie, Thornton and Leslie have all introduced speed watch programmes in the last year in a bid to warn drivers and reduce speeding traffic in local ‘hot spot’ areas and close to local schools.

“The community involvement is vital to the success of the schemes and we will continue to work in partnership with volunteers in each of the areas to reduce speed on our roads and to improve safety”, the police spokesman continued.

Alan Taff from the Kinglassie Action Group said he’s relieved that cuts will not be made.

“The Kinglassie initiative has proved so successful that we’ve raised the money to buy our own speed gun and we now have three sessions per week in the town, it’s important we continue to do so”, explained Alan.

“There is still the problem of motorists travelling at over 40-45 miles per hour in a 20 zone in part of the town and it’s vital we continue to operate to cambat that.

“While we run the speed watch scheme in Kinglassie, we still rely on the Police to send out warning letters to speeding motorists we’ve witnessed.

“It’s vital we continue to have their support in our efforts to make Kinglassie roads safer for everyone living, working or visiting the town.”