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Road safety still tops the list of priorities for many

Posted: Wednesday 24th April 2013

Concerns about road safety and speeding have once again been a hot topic of discussion this week during my travels to various Nottinghamshire communities. When we consider which issues impact most on people’s confidence and feelings of safety we often imagine the most violent criminal activities as portrayed by the media. The reality is speeding motorists can bring daily misery for those residents who live in an area blighted by anti-social driving and have a major impact on their quality of life, feelings of which will greatly reduce their confidence. Road safety regularly features in the top 10 policing priorities outlined by the public and this is something we are working hard to address. Last week, for example, I attended the Bulwell Residents’ Meeting where road safety was high on the agenda, in particular problems with speeding and parking.

As a result, I will be working with my colleagues at the City Council to see how we can manage the problem in the future to ease the situation. Similarly, in the county, Awsworth residents have also voiced concern at the number of speeding motorists through the village and incidents of dangerous parking which are jeopardising the safety of other drivers and those on foot. Again, I aim to take this issue up with colleagues in the local authorities.

If you have any concerns about speeding, parking or road safety in your village or town they’ll be plenty of opportunity to raise this in the coming months as I travel across Nottinghamshire trying to get a better understanding of how we can make life better for our communities. We’re working really hard to tackle the problems that matter most to our residents but we can’t do this if we’re kept in the dark so we would love to hear your experiences.

Elsewhere last week, I’ve met with members of Eastwood Neighbourhood Watch group who reported persistent problems with anti-social behaviour. I also met with Mansfield Business Improvement District which is reporting substantially reduced retail and night-time economy crime.

I’d finally like to give a mention to National Stalking Awareness Day which took place last week. This important awareness day brings much needed publicity to support services available for those unfortunate enough to become a victim of stalking and has my full support as a passionate advocate of victims of crime.

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