Claims of under policing in Barton have been slammed by beat officers in the area who insist they are making progress in stamping out dangerous driving.
Police have reacted angrily to comments from councillors of drivers using roads around Barton and Tredworth as a ‘race track’.
City councillor Usman Bhaimia said police could be doing more to help ban speeding offences.
But police sergeant Tim Wood said the public is not reporting all offences they see.
In the last year, police have received just three reports of alleged motoring offences in Alfred Street and just two more in India Road.
PS Wood said: “Only three of these incidents in the last 12 months could be connected to speed.
“From this information alone it would not be reasonable for us to conclude there is a speeding issue, or indeed a problem with ‘boy racers’, in either of these roads.
“Furthermore, in the last 12 months’ worth of community consultations carried out as part of the Local Priority Panel, Alfred Street and India Road have never been identified as suffering from speeding issues.
“While I am concerned the public may not be coming forward to talk to us, and I would strongly urge people to do so, I am very disappointed that councillor Bhaimia is making such comments without making any attempts to come and discuss the issue with us.
“I would repeat my encouragement to councillor Bhaimia and residents in the area to come and talk to us about the issue so we can take steps to identify its full extent. We need to find what the cause is, and agree on some steps towards a solution.”
In December, an alleged speeding driver in Alfred Street was stopped by police and warned. In the same street, a near miss with a cyclist and a van was reported in April. But an incorrect report of the vehicles registration stopped police from following up the incident.
This month, also in Alfred Street, a collision between a van and a motorcyclist was attributed to a manoeuvre rather than speeding. Both parties exchanged details at the scene and no one was injured.
In March, India Road had a report of a van speeding towards a pedestrian, with no registration details offered to police, and this month saw a collision between two vehicles. Police said speed was not thought to be a factor.
In Tuesday’s Citizen, Cllr Bhaimia claimed there had been a noticeable drop in the number of police on the streets of Barton in recent months.
The claims were flatly denied by police who have called on residents to bring their concerns to the next police panel meeting.
Said Hansdot, city councillor for Barton and Tredworth, said: “I have always said that people should report crime to police as soon as they see it. If it isn’t reported, then nothing can be done to improve the situation.”
The panel meeting is taking place on Wednesday, July 2 at 6.30pm at Barton Street police station. To report incidents in the area to police, call 101, visit Barton Street police station or email them at Gloucester.LPA.Communities@gloucestershire.police.uk.