Volunteers clock speeding vehicles on Congleton Road

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Volunteers spent an hour measuring the speed of passing vehicles on Congleton Road on Thursday, 9th November.

Local community speed watch volunteers were joined by Councillor Craig Browne to monitor traffic travelling in both directions between 11am and 12noon.

Twenty-five vehicles were recorded travelling at 36mph or over in the 30mph limit, whilst twelve vehicles were travelling in excess of 40mph.

The highest recorded speed was 47mph.

Warning letters will be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicles advising them that their vehicle has been recorded speeding over the 30mph limit. If their vehicle is identified as a regular speeder they will be visited at home by a Police Officer.

Councillor Craig Browne said "One driver (who had been clocked at 41mph) did take the time to pull over and suggest that we would use our time more productively in an alternative location!"

The Alderley Edge Community Speed Watch group was established in 2012 in a bid to address the issue of speeding vehicles in the village.

Anyone interested in joining the group can email Margaret Bilsborough



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Brian Etchells
Monday 13th November 2017 at 5:16 pm
Do we have much of a traffic problem between 11:00 and 12:00 on a Thursday morning on Congleton Road?

Surely the problem of traffic is during peak hours, (8:00 am until 9:00 am and 5:00 am until 6:00 pm)

Maybe our wonderful councillor could get his volunteers to do the camera check at a time when most people are driving.
Jonathan Fox
Monday 13th November 2017 at 7:10 pm
These volunteers would have been of more use finding out who is smashing car windows on Ryley's Lane.
Helen Gaughan
Monday 13th November 2017 at 8:30 pm
Brian our " wonderful councillor " Craig serves us all valiantly ..... Maybe you could volunteer to assist with the SpeedWatch campaign ??
Brian Etchells
Monday 13th November 2017 at 10:22 pm
Sorry, can’t do as I am one of the drivers that I mentioned. However, I wouldn’t be clocked by his speed camera as my car tells me if I am going too fast.

I have nothing against the speed watch people, just the timing.

Late morning on a weekday?
Fiona Doorbar
Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7:01 am
I agree with Jonathan.
Steven Cozens
Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 7:47 pm
I do respect the opinions and observations of those who monitor the speed of vehicles and it is right to draw attention to the issue where speed is excessive or the location notoriously dangerous...I am not sure the time, day, location or context of this gives any meaningful conclusion?

It would be good to see some statistics on the number of accidents or road fatalities in this spot which I suspect are almost non-existent.

A simple solution would be to place the mobile speed warning sign there for a month to highlight that it has been noticed and people will get the message when they see 'Slow Down' flash in front of them.
Kriss Coombes
Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 8:54 pm
To Brian, Jonathan and Fiona,

For 2 years I helped as a speed watcher when occasionally we would do rush hour checks, both morning and evenings but soon realised that the volume of traffic served as a speed calmer, whereas, quieter day times and weekends seemed to encourage higher speeds. We would sometimes receive abuse from drivers and praise from pedestrians.
Now I try, with others, including our good councillors to give time to community projects in the Village by litter picking,weeding and planting etc. and again receive comments from passers by who express their appreciation and, thanks to the lovely man bought us a coffee. However, there are still a few who are always ready to criticise anyone trying to improve the environment and I have been approached with "What are you going to do about ........... or "When are you going to clear up.......... and "You should be doing so and so rather than that. To which I give my standard reply, "Well maybe when we get more volunteers. !