Speedwatch volunteers wanted for duty on busy Rochdale Road

A COMMUNITY speedwatch initiative is set to take place on a section of highway in Royton previously likened to Brands Hatch.

Rochdale Road

But at least four volunteers are required before Greater Manchester Police will give the green light for the scheme.

Residents, fed up by speeding motorists on Rochdale Road, formed their own group to try to combat the problem.

Their concern was highlighted in the September edition of the Correspondent and raised by Royton North councillor Clint Phythian at the September meeting of Oldham Council.

Now, the Rochdale Road slow down group has received confirmation it can take part in a GMP speedwatch programme, likely to start in February.

In order to comply, volunteers must adhere to ‘golden rules.’ They include vetting by the Police National Computer (PNC), working in pairs, wearing long sleeved hi-vis jackets and placing two signs with the wording ‘Neighbourhood Speed Watch’ at their location.

A speedwatch can only take place in daylight and only operated in a 20-30mph zone.

Every volunteer will receive training before taking part.

A number of interested people have already come forward and other potential volunteers should make contact via the slow down group’s Facebook page.

More details can also be found online at www.communityspeedwatch.org/

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