Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has today approved a Crime and Disorder Reduction Grant of £67,925 to Northamptonshire County Council to enable Operation Fix It, which will see the PCC work with the Council to help reduce speeding offences at several sites in the county.
The grant follows conversations with thousands of residents across Northamptonshire, with speeding being identified as the number one problem for communities during Mr Simmonds’ visits to 100 parishes last summer, as well as being the most prevalent issue raised by the public to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
As part of Operation Fix It, Northamptonshire County Council will now consult on implementing proposed speeding interventions at Creaton (Welford Road), Finedon (A6 Burton Road and A510 Wellingborough Road), Hackleton (Main Road), Kislingbury (Bugbrooke Road), Roade (London Road) and Collyweston, with schemes ultimately being prioritised on the basis of the greatest need. Further feasibility studies are also being worked on but will ultimately be a decision for the next Police and Crime Commissioner, with Mr Simmonds exiting Office on May 13th.
The partnership between the PCC and County Council follows the announcement by Commissioner Simmonds last month that he and Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Simon Edens have agreed to invest in new technology such as mobile average speed camera systems and new camera vans equipped with night-time enforcement to address the dangers caused by speeding and inconsiderate drivers.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner also launched Voice: Road Harm in December, a new and extensive support service for victims of road-related trauma.
Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“I’m pleased to be able to approve this crime and disorder reduction grant which I hope will enable my Office to work closely with Northamptonshire County Council to make residents feel safer in their communities.
“At the very least, speeding can make people feel unsafe and threatened right outside their own house, while at the very worst it can devastate families through the injury or death of a loved one.
“We therefore need to make sure we are listening to people when they say speeding is a real problem in their area, and helping them overcome this issue. That’s exactly what my Office and I have done in providing this grant, and I look forward to working closely with the County Council to look at further ways of solving these issues.”
Cllr Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, added:
“Making roads safer is a priority for the County Council and I’m delighted to be working in partnership so that we can explore how we can help communities which have been affected by speeding motorists.
“We will now carry out further work to see which specific solutions will work best in each community and I look forward to seeing the results of this piece of work.”