Community Speed Watch

 The team planned to monitor vehicle speeds on 17 occasions during the last CSW. However, wet weather caused cancellation of some sessions and the school holidays also reduced overall vehicle activity. A total of 1152 vehicles were counted of which 10% were recorded as speeding at 25mph or more. This is a higher fraction than usual but we have noticed similar increases before when traffic density was lower than usual.

Dr Allan Parker, one of the longest serving members of the CSW team (and former Chair of the PC), will be moving away from the village. This reduces the size of the small CSW team. We are very keen to recruit (and train) new members of the team. If you are interested in becoming a member or just want to know more about what is involved in CSW, please contact me (without any obligation).

Cllr Alan Wheals (, CSW Team Leader


Article published: 17 Nov 2015

Community Speed Watch


The CSW team continues regularly to monitor speeds along the Lower Westwood Road and report speeders to the police. The team have been in place since the inception of CSW in February 2014. With the passing of time some team members have left so we are keen to recruit new members. If you are supportive of the aims of CSW then please consider joining us. For further information, informal contact can be made at <>.


Alan Wheals (CSW Team Leader)

Article published: 22 Sep 2015

Community Speed Watch (CSW)


The Government and the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC previously called ACPO) have recently made a change in policy and agreed that 20mph limits and zones can now be enforced by way of fixed penalty notices. The fine will be 3 penalty points on your license and a £100 fine. This brings the 20mph limit and zone in Westwood village in line with the rules that already operate in 30mph limits and zones. The NPCC threshold for enforcement remains the same as all other speed limits - 10% plus 2 mph. For 20mph the limit of the fixed penalty is 25mph and over and a summons is 35 mph and over.


These changes are only enforceable by the police so there is no effect whatsoever on how the local CSW team will operate. The purpose of CSW is educational; to remind drivers not to speed within the village. The registered owner of any vehicle reported by the CSW team driving at 25 mph or more will receive a letter and any vehicle reported by the CSW team traveling at 30mph and above will get a visit from the Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT).


Cllr Alan Wheals (CSW Team Leader)

Article published: 18 Jul 2015

Community Speed Watch (CSW)


Community Speed Watch in Westwood was set up following a long period of discussion and debate. It is possible to see full details of the debate by looking:

The CSW team, supported by Wiltshire Police and the Parish Council, continues to monitor car speeds along the Lower Westwood Road. Monitoring started in February 2014 and the results obtained over the first 12 months (to January 2015) were presented to the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 6th May 2015. The presentation included a comprehensive analysis of traffic through the village and it can be downloaded from here (

Two significant results from the analysis are (i) that over 90% of vehicles were within acceptable speeds (24mph or less) and (ii) only 1 in 50 vehicles was measured speeding at 30mph or more. In addition, there is some evidence to suggest that the overall fraction of speeding vehicles has reduced over that year.

The volunteer team is always keen to recruit and welcome new members. Full training is provided by Wiltshire Police and you have a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at Police HQ in Devizes. The police fully support this initiative and often visit us while we are on CSW duty in Westwood. CSW takes place over a two week period every 8 weeks. It will only take up a few hours of your time and you can choose to do as many or as few hours as you wish. So, if you want to help your own community and/or want to know more please contact us at <>.

Alan Wheals (CSW Team Leader)

Friday, 08 May 2015


Article published: 13 May 2015

Community Speed Watch (CSW)

CSW has been operating along the Lower Westwood Road since February 2014. A presentation about it was given to the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 6th May. It covers all aspects of CSW in Westwood including the results of the first 12 months of activity.

The Powerpoint presentation is available for Download: CSW Presentation at the Annual Parish Meeting 2015

Please note that if you do not have Microsoft Powerpoint you can download a free Powerpoint Reader from Microsoft

Cllr Alan Wheals (CSW Team Leader)

Article published: 07 May 2015

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