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by Sally Cunliffe - 15:55 on 29 July 2012
I have had three cats killed on Caston Road, and a neighbour's cat was killed, totalling four here in recent weeks. Three of the cats were killed between 7.30 and 8.00 am by speeding motorists presumably rushing to get to work. It has been devastating and very upsetting for the children here too. None of the drivers that killed these cats let us know nor moved them to the side. There are a number of very young children who live on the terrace - something has to be done to slow these motorists down before it is too late.
I would like to suggest that it would be worth your while to attend the next parish council meeting (held on the first Monday of each month) and request the Parish Council attends the next Police Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel meeting to request that speeding vehicles on the Attleborough Road leading into Caston is put forward as a policing priority.
You could also ask the Parish Council to make contact with the Norfolk County Council Highways Department and request the village is put on the waiting list for temporary Vehicle Activation Signs (VAS - signs which show speed of vehicles, encouraging drivers to slow down). Although these are only a temporary measure they also assist in bringing the problem to people’s attention.
Secondly, Caston village has a small dedicated number of Speed Watch volunteers who can be seen carrying out speed checks which can lead to a greater awareness of drivers to their speed through the village. Unfortunately since the start of Speed Watch the numbers of volunteers have gradually dropped, meaning that it isn’t possible for speed checks to be carried out more regularly. Community Speed Watch is a very positive way to make a big difference in one’s own village and as it relies on people being proactive, I would urge more people to volunteer their time to be part of this team.
Hope this is of some assistance.
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