NEIGHBOURS in Hayes have banded together to prevent crime and speeding motorists in their road.
People who live in Park Lane have been signing up to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, set up in October, following several reported break-ins and robberies.
Window stickers showing unity and awareness of criminal activity can be seen in house after house. People are also having their belongings marked, to make it harder for stolen goods to be passed on.
Suspicions and incidents of crime are now circulated to more than 80 people via regular email updates.
The scheme was set up by Neal Bowden, who has lived Park Lane for more than 40 years. He said it is already starting to pay dividends.
“We are starting to get a bit of community spirit back,” he said.
“It is brilliant that the whole street is now switched on to what’s going on, and we are starting to look out for one another. If everyone has their eyes and ears open, and the criminals know it, maybe they’ll go somewhere else.
“The police are up against it, so we want to do our bit. ”
Mr Bowden is also behind a petition to introduce a lower speed limit, which he is presenting to Councillor Keith Burrows, cabinet member for transportation, at the Civic Centre today (Wednesday). It is supported by a Charville Safer Neighbourhoods Team officer.
Hillingdon Council says a previous traffic survey on the road shows that the majority of motorists drive below the 40mph speed limit, and there have been no reported accidents in the past three years, but Mr Bowden says he has witnessed both collisions and near misses.
“Speeding had been a problem on this road for years, and it is time something was done about it,” he said. “The unacceptable volume and speed of the traffic poses a danger to young and old alike.”
The petition meeting is in Committee Room 3 at 7pm today.