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Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Soham and District Speedwatch

Neighbourhood Speedwatch is an initiative set up by the Soham and District Neighbourhood Panel nearly 5 years ago and seeks to highlight speeding in our towns and villages with the aim of reducing the likelihood of accidents and injury to residents and their pets and any resultant damage to their property.

The Speedwatch team covers the town of Soham and the villages of Kennett, Chippenham, Snailwell, Fordham, Isleham and Wicken and has been very successful in reducing the speed of local traffic, although we still suffer from those speeding who live outside the area.

Our equipment (which is paid for by the town and parish councils above) displays the passing vehicles speed when they are travelling in excess of the speed limit .We record the vehicle details and send this information to the police who issue a warning letter. The police use our information to track serial offenders and speeding hot spots.

Until recently we have always maintained a healthy number of volunteers to carry out speed checks. However due various reasons we are currently down to 4 active and 3 inactive members. Our effectiveness is therefore blunted as the more checks we carry out the greater effect we have on speeding motorists.


The equipment is portable and easy to set up and operate. Although we have a serious role to play the team enjoy carrying out the checks and its always rewarding with an interesting interaction between ourselves, and local residents and motorists.

If you can spare some time and are interested in joining us we would love to hear from you. Please contact the co-ordinator JOE PATTISON Tel 01638577077, 07770267252 or