Today’s the Castle Ward Day of Action, with people from lots of difference agencies (including Essex Police and the Council) carrying out a variety of different tasks around the ward. There’s a lot more information about it here, and if you’re in town there’s an information booth in Culver Street West (outside Halifax) with representatives from lots of different agencies and organisations giving out advice and information.

Along with my colleague Cllr Bill Frame, I’ve just been watching Junior Speedwatch in action, which was interesting. It’s an action to tackle speeding in one of the areas it’s been reported and is a partnership of the police and one of the local schools (I’m being a bit vague on the location details as it’s still ongoing!).

There’s a PC and PCSO out with speed sensor, identifying cars that are breaking the speed limit. When they find one, the car gets pulled over, informed they’re breaking the speed limit and then asked to get out of the car to meet some children from the local school. The children then get to ask the driver questions about why they were speeding and related issues, which can be more effective in getting the driver to think about what they’ve been doing than just a talking-to from a police officer.

There’s lots of things like this going on today, and there will be for the next three months after while the Safer Colchester Partnership works heavily in this area as a follow-up. Hopefully, it will help make Castle Ward better for everyone, and I’ll report back some more information from the day when it’s been collated.