AN EVENT was held on the outskirts of Chester to encourage motorists to stick to the speed limit.
Council community safety wardens were joined by Streetscene colleagues and a police community support officer to carry out a high visibility ‘impact day’ in Farndon and Tilston.
Its aim was to tackle environmental issues and educate drivers to slow down and stick to 30mph speed limits.
Activities included displaying a speed indication device for part of the day along Churton Road in Farndon and Malpas Road in Tilston.
If drivers were maintaining a 30mph speed or less a message board showed a smiling face and if they were travelling above the speed limit, the message was a frowning face.
People in Farndon were visited to provide reassurance and advice on bogus callers.
They were given a ‘no cold callers’ poster to display in their homes, purse bells and a leaflet.
An environmental workshop involving Streetscene officers, and a community safety warden took place for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils at Tilston Primary School, providing children with information about the different types of litter they may come across, and who to report it to.
The same workshop was delivered the next day to Year 6 pupils at Farndon Primary School who have been asked to design a poster and the winning entry will be displayed on litter bins, with the aim of reducing litter in the village.
The council’s camera car was deployed outside Farndon Primary School and Tilston Primary School at either side of the school day to prevent vehicles stopping and dropping off children or picking them up on the yellow zigzag lines outside both schools.
A litter pick was carried out on the playing fields in Farndon and Tilston and three bags of rubbish were collected between the two fields.
And dog fouling and litter patrols were carried out in Farndon and Tilston. A number of residents were given free bags and the advice that not picking up after their dogs could result in a £75 fine.
Local councillor Howard Greenwood said: “The whole event was very successful and certainly raised awareness of the many roles that community safety wardens have within our communities.
“Community Safety Wardens were able to show how they work in partnership with Streetscene colleagues and the police community support officer.
“They all are very approachable and if you think that they can help you, please stop them when you see them in the street or monthly surgeries.”
The monthly warden surgeries for Farndon and Tilston take place on the first Wednesday of every month.
Farndon’s is held at the Church Hall Farmers Market between 8.30am and 9.30am.
In Tilston the surgery is between 10.30am and 11am at the memorial hall with a coffee morning.
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