FRUSTRATION is growing in one Herefordshire town, with a 'last chance' ultimatum issued to police.

Minutes from a Bromyard Town Council's traffic management committee's April meeting said councillors had "expressed their frustration" at the lack of contact from police over volunteer speed watch training. 

The project, which started several years ago, has stalled as volunteers have become "very disheartened" by the training delays, the minutes said.


The volunteer group has met the requirements for training, with six people having submitted their completed DBS forms to the local Safer Neighbourhood Team, and the next phase is for police to set up a training session.

"The committee is prepared to try one last time to engage with the police to arrange a date for the training," the minutes said.

What is Community Speed Watch?

West Mercia Police says the scheme is a "community-driven road safety initiative". It is coordinated by police but managed and run by volunteers. 

Trained local volunteers monitor the speeds of vehicles with approved handheld speed measurement devices, with letters sent by police to the registered owners of vehicles found to be speeding. 

The scheme was first introduced in 2014, with the aim of enhancing the force's speed enforcement strategy in areas that do not meet either speed or crash criteria for police-led enforcement, police said.