South Newton & Stoford, Wiltshire, UK

Parish Council Meeting:

Wed 6th Jan 2021.

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Next Meeting: Wed 3rd Mar 21 @ 7.30 pm - Agenda (conducted via Teams)

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Community Speed Watch

Update (16th Mar 2021) : Speeding through our villages – how you can help.

 

Following my article in the Parish Magazine and on this website, I am very grateful to everyone who has volunteered to join our Community Speed Watch (CSW) group.  We held our first meeting on 13th March and there were great ideas and enthusiasm for tackling the problem of excessive speeding through our villages.

 

Regrettably, there was a multi-vehicle road traffic accident involving a transport lorry outside the hospital on 12th March, with one lane of the A36 blocked for five hours.  The problem of speeding drivers thundering too close to our pavements remains a daily problem.  If you see dangerous driving, please do telephone 101 and report it.  If just two of us report the registration of a speeding vehicle to 101, I have been told the police will take action.  The more of us that report, the higher a priority the matter becomes to the police.

Speeding through our villages – how you can help. (First published 15th Dec 2020)

 

Earlier in 2020, my family and I were delighted to move to South Newton from the centre of Salisbury. I am grateful to everyone who has made us feel welcome.

 

Like you I am sure, the excessive speed of traffic through our villages is causing me a great deal of concern.  I run regularly along parts of the A36 and also take our children to school in Salisbury.  Too often I have seen transport lorries or speeding drivers thundering too close to our pavements.  From speaking with the South Newton and Stoford Parish Council members, I know this is a long-standing issue and there have been serious accidents and fatalities. Another problem is the quality of road signs and road paint – inadequate and sun faded.

Recently, I reported a Highways Maintenance lorry for dangerous driving (very clearly speeding through our village and over the white line).  The Highways Agency told me to telephone 101 and report it.  I did so and the lady was very helpful, took the registration, but unfortunately advised that, without an independent witness, no action would be taken. If just two of us report the registration of a speeding vehicle to 101, I have been told the Police will take action.  The more of us that report, the higher a priority the matter becomes to the Police.

 

I have been in contact with John Glen, MP, Cllr Pauline Church, the Chief Constable for Wiltshire, Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner to express my concerns about the daily risks to pedestrians and road users and make suggestions for improvements.  All have responded, acknowledging the problems and I appreciate their support.  Our Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Jerry Herbert, kindly visited me at home (socially distanced) and was very helpful with suggestions and also in supporting actions that are needed.

 

I have been told that during the first six months of 2021, the Highways Agency will review and replace sun faded road signs and paint – my thanks to PC James Barrett and others who have arranged this.

 

Early in January 2021, I have been advised that a traffic monitoring system will be installed near St Andrew’s Church to measure the volume and speed of traffic.  My thanks to Cllr Pauline Church and Cllr Derek Blake for arranging this. Subject to the monitoring meeting the criteria, we will be able to form our own Community Speed Watch (CSW) team.

 

CSW is a national initiative where active members of local communities join together, with the support of the Police, to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution follow.  The recently announced recruitment of a new enforcement officer, who will go out on patrol with the CSW teams, and improvements to police IT systems will mean that more drivers caught speeding by us as volunteers will be fined.

 

I will gladly co-ordinate our CSW and I am asking for volunteers.  We will receive training, high visibility clothing and recording equipment.  Working together, I am certain that we can make our community safer for our families and friends. If you are interested, please do email me at [email protected].  Thank you.

Community Speed Watch Sign

Since my last article (below), I have attended meetings with Wiltshire Council and raised this problem and proposed solutions, including the re-activation of the speed camera.  Thank you to Cllr Pauline Church who is taking this forward with other Wiltshire Councillors.  I have also written to the Highways Agency to find out the date for the review and replacement of sun faded road signs and paint.  There are other matters to be addressed on our behalf, including the 40mph zone and the speed indicator device in Stoford.

 

I have been in regular contact with Wiltshire Council to chase for the installation of the traffic monitoring system near St Andrew’s Church to measure the volume and speed of traffic.  This was promised in January 2021 and is urgently needed. Subject to the monitoring meeting the criteria, we will then get out and commence Community Speed Watch activities.

 

CSW is a national initiative where active members of local communities join together, with the support of the police, to monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. In cases where education is blatantly ignored and evidence of repeat or excessive offences is collated (even across county borders), enforcement and prosecution follow.  The Wiltshire Enforcement Police Officer, who will go out on patrol with the CSW teams, and improvements to police IT systems will mean that more speeding drivers caught by us as volunteers will be fined.

 

I am still seeking volunteers for our CSW and I would really appreciate it if you would consider joining us.  We will receive training, high visibility clothing and recording equipment.  Working together, I am certain that we can make our community safer for our families and friends. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please do email me at [email protected].  Thank you.