Westwood Speedwatch May 2018

I have recently taken over from Alan Wheals who held the role with distinction for about 4 years.

Of 57 Wiltshire CSW Teams counting last month Westwood was:

1.   The 3rd worst for percentage of speeders (25mph and over) ;

2.   The 2nd worst for percentage of excessive speeders (30mph and over).

This is clearly disappointing; however looking back at past data we have seen the percentage of speeders drop from an initial level of 13% to 8%.   

Being one of the worst places for speeding last month we can expect a Police check in the near future; this being a new Police initiative to target worst cases.

We will welcome a new member shortly having undergone the training course at Devizes Headquarters.  If anyone else is concerned about speeding in Westwood and fancies coming onto the Team then please contact us.  We only go out about every other month, count on random days and times and you only need to make yourselves available for a few counts each time.   Brian Oliver   Westwood CSW Team Leader


Article published: 23 May 2018

Community Speed Watch 29, December 2017

This CSW period at the beginning of December was adversely affected by the weather and only three sessions were (partially) completed. The total number of vehicles monitored was 488. Thirty nine vehicles were speeding at 25mph or more including 5 that were speeding at 30 mph or more. These values are typical and continue to reflect the continuing reduction in speeding since the CSW teams started 4 years ago

Alan Wheals       Westwood CSW Coordinator


Article published: 24 Jan 2018

Community Speed Watch (CSW) 26

The team went out on 6 separate occasions for a total of 6.5hrs over a 2-week period in August. The total number of vehicles recorded was 942 of which 91 were speeding. Sixty-nine vehicles we speeding at between 25 and 29mph and 22 were speeding at 30 mph or more. These averages conceal a wide variation in driver behaviour by location and time of day. For example, during one morning rush hour only one driver out of 98 was speeding yet on another evening rush hour 24% of drivers entering the village from the west were speeding. This value is one of the highest we have seen and may reflect the lower traffic density found during the school holidays.

Alan Wheals (Coordinator of CSW in Westwood); Monday, 04 September 2017


Article published: 27 Sep 2017

Community Speed Watch (CSW) 26

The Parish Rooms refurbishment may well lead to an increase in villagers walking there to visit and partake of afternoon tea or other events. The importance of road safety along the "virtual pavement" between the turning to Upper Westwood and the New Inn is obviously important.  Whilst there have been no fatalities, we hear from numerous pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders that speeding drivers create 'near accidents' in this area, not to mention other areas within the village.  The Community Speedwatch team is playing its part in ensuring that drivers are aware of their speed throughout the village. Statistics derived from 4 years of operation show that the number of drivers travelling over the speed limit has reduced over time.  If you feel vulnerable while out and about in the village or just want to help keep the village safe, please feel free to join the team.  

Members of the team went out on four occasions between 19th and 30th June for a total of 5 hrs that included morning and afternoon periods. 975 vehicles were monitored of which 61 (6.3%) were speeding at 25mph of which 1.85% were speeding at 30mph or more. These values are at the lower end of the range and continue to reflect the gradual reduction in recorded speeding.

Alan Wheals (Parish Councillor and CSW Coordinator)


Article published: 02 Aug 2017

Community Speed Watch (CSW) 25

CSW was undertaken during the period 24th April until 5th May 2017. CSW teams went out on five separate days that included morning, lunchtime and evening periods.  Vehicle speeds were monitored for a total of 6.5hrs using 5 of the 6 sites available to us. A total of 1237 vehicles were counted of which 103 were speeding (25mph or more) including 22 that were speeding excessively (30mph or more). The latter group can expect a letter or a visit from the police. The percentage of speeding vehicles was 8.3%. This is close to the average percentage we have seen over the last 5 monitoring periods and lower than the long term average seen up to mid-2016.

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Alan Wheals, Team Leader for Westwood CSW




Article published: 24 May 2017

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