GIVEN the opportunity, how many of us would patrol the streets armed with a speed camera?
Rather a lot I imagine. The speeding motorist is a highly visible target who clearly alienates communities. In Tidbury Green there’s a pool of 20 volunteers operating their mobile speed camera and the residents of Ashleigh Road in Solihull are about to get the same opportunity.
Elsewhere, residents of Hampton in Arden and Meriden are similarly kitted out.
Provided their efforts and shown to bear fruitie through prosecutions by the police, then people will be motivated to carry on doing the job.
Is this part of the Coalition’s big society idea? Most of us seeing a piece of litter in our neighbourhood would, likely as not, pick it up and pop it in a bin.
Many of us, myself included, already belong to neighbourhood watch scheme. Could it be that the economic downturn will once again turn us into citizens of a community rather than individuals who, once the front door is shut at night, expect our local authorities and central government to do everything for us?