Families demand action on village speeding drivers
FED UP families want action to stop speeding motorists tearing through their village.
Residents in Barlaston say drivers speeding along the 30mph country lanes is the biggest concern in the village.
And to tackle the problem they want to set up a community speed watch to catch motorists red handed.
Chairman of the parish council Gareth Jones, from Tittensor Road, Barlaston, said: "We are trying to organise a speed watch group among residents to tackle the problem.
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"We want to be a visible presence on the road side to remind drivers to watch their speed."
The group would work in conjunction with Staffordshire Police and has already gathered a lot of support in the village.
Mr Jones said: "We already have enough people to form the working group.
"And we are just in the process of pulling a strategy together to make sure it is going to be as effective as possible."
Speed watch volunteers typically monitor traffic over two-hour sessions.
When they catch a speeding motorist the group records the vehicle's details, which are then passed to the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership which sends out warning letters.
In a survey conducted by the parish council the top concern among villagers was the volume and speed of traffic.
The results showed that the worst affected roads include Tittensor Road, Meaford Road and Longton Road.
Now two action groups have been set up to try and tackle the issue as well as other concerns about dog walkers allowing their pets to foul the canal tow paths.
Residents took up the fight after 1,215 questionnaires sent out to villagers resulted in 300 responses.
The results of the survey were published on the village website and circulated in a newsletter.
In the next meeting parish councillors plan to draw up a timetable of when the speed watch group will be up and running.
Mr Jones added: "I think most people are concerned about the speeding and will welcome a team keeping an eye on this.
"It is just a question of getting people trained to use the equipment."
Residents believe the speed of traffic is due to motorists using Barlaston as a rat run to avoid the A50.
Mr Jones added: "There is a suspicion from residents that the village is a quick way to avoid the larger roads.
"But we will soon see if it is local traffic."