Letter: Speeding - Police force should do their job

Pannal supporters of Community Speed Watch pose for a photograph in Harrogate, though the the real team and location is not shown.

Pannal supporters of Community Speed Watch pose for a photograph in Harrogate, though the the real team and location is not shown.

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Thank you Dr Chris Daley for your comment in last week’s Advertiser regarding the community speedwatch group that has been setup in Pannal.

I live in Hartwith Drive where there is a 20mph limit, clearly signed, similar to the same limit that exists through Pannal village.

The Hartwith Drive limit is routinely ignored by both local residents and visitors to the street.

I have communicated by letter, email, telephone and by face to face meeting with the powers that be with absolutely no change in the situation.

Tim Madgwick, Deputy Chief Constable at the time, explained that the Association of Chief Police Officers has ruled against enforcement by police. A strange situation when ACPO decides which laws to enforce.

Julia Mulligan suggested that I might like to setup a speedwatch group, nearly two years ago, which I declined to do.

The caveats raised in Dr Daley’s letter make speedwatching a very risky business. The fact that it has taken two years for the first scheme to start work shows how enthusiastic similarly affected communities have been.

It would be an amazing use of the PCC’s influence if we actually had her police force doing its job.

The old shortage of money/resources excuse is a joke when the PCC has a budget of just under a million pounds.

Tim Walls

Hartwith Drive,

Harrogate