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"Please slow down" - students appeal

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Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Environment, Health, Local Government

PC Dix and Coleford students look out for speeding motorists PC Dix and Coleford students look out for speeding motorists

Coleford’s Junior Wardens are back on the streets again, this time with a powerful message for motorists – “please slow down”.

Armed with a speed camera, and supported by the Police, the local Street Warden and representatives of Two Rivers Housing, the children of St John’s C of E Academy spent an hour monitoring the speed of passing motorists.

Those they felt were driving too fast were asked to pull over and the youngsters had a chance to tell the driver how their speeding made them feel. They asked them to consider slowing down and handed out mock tickets as a reminder.

This is the latest initiative by the Year 5 and 6 children who joined the Junior Warden scheme, led by Two Rivers Housing.  Many of the school’s students live in homes owned by the Gloucestershire not-for-profit housing association, and they wanted to work together to improve their local community.

They launched the project at the beginning of the year by asking the children to identify their main concerns. Monthly activities since then have included street inspections and a litter-pick in areas close to the school. The speed survey will be repeated in June by a different class of students.

PC Rob Dix, PCSO Mike Shuttleworth and Street Warden John Cooke joined Jane Cordier, Justine Skitt and Andrew Larkin of Two Rivers Housing, to support the children.

“The Junior Wardens pulled eight motorists over and asked them to consider slowing down,” explained Jane Cordier, Two Rivers’ Community Projects Co-ordinator. “The drivers understood their concerns and were very respectful of their request.

“It was a great afternoon. The children enjoyed themselves, the drivers responded well and it was another good example of how young people can get involved with improving their community. I’m sure we’ve also found have a few budding police officers of the future!”

Julie Griffiths, Deputy Headteacher at St John’s Academy, said: “The children took their responsibility very seriously.  They couldn't wait to tell me that one driver was travelling at 37mph and another at 45mph!  This is a message to all of us to slow down when driving.  Thank you to everyone involved in the project.”

This is the first Junior Warden programme run by Two Rivers, but it is planned to extend it to other areas later in the year.

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