Community Speed Watch (CSW)

The team conducted CSW along the Lower Westwood Road in September. It was badly affected by rain and only four days could be used. 930 vehicles were monitored and this included 60 speeders (6.5% of the total) of which 18 were excessive speeders (1.9% of the total).  These values are significantly lower than the normal fraction of speeders which is usually 9% or more. It remains to be seen whether this is a temporary anomaly or a more permanent effect!

At the time of writing the team are conducting the 22nd session of CSW since it first started in February 2014. A member of the village has expressed interest in joining the team and helping to keep the village safe. New members get trained by the police at Devizes HQ during an evening or a Saturday morning. If you wish to learn more about what this entails please contact me at the address below - without any obligation.

Alan Wheals (CSW Coordinator).

Article published: 22 Nov 2016

Community Speed Watch (CSW)

The CSW team monitored vehicle speeds along the Lower Westwood Road for 7.5 hours spread over the first two weeks of August. Of the 1119 vehicles recorded, 107 were speeding (9.6% of the total) with 34 of those (3% of the total) travelling at 30 mph, which is 50% above the speed limit.

Until now the team has been restricted to just two weeks of measuring vehicle speeds when they had access to a laser speed monitoring device (“speed gun”). This has now changed and the team now have access to a speed gun for a 4-week period. This will enable the team to monitor speeds over a longer period and may mean that when a monitoring session gets “rained off” the team can return when the weather improves.

There are over 110 teams in Wiltshire using speed guns. If any members of the village, especially newcomers, are interested in knowing more about joining the team and helping to keep the village safe, please contact me at the address below without any obligation.

Alan Wheals (; 19/9/2016

Article published: 27 Sep 2016

Community Speed Watch (CSW)

The CSW team checked vehicle speeds along the Lower Westwood Road in June. Rain interrupted many sessions so less than 1,000 vehicles were monitored. The data were typical in that speeding vehicles (25mph or more) comprised approximately 10% of the total; this includes 2% that were speeding at 30mph or more. The team are still keen to recruit new CSW members. You would be trained by the police during an evening or Saturday session at police HQ in Devizes. If you are interested you can contact me, without any obligation, at

Article published: 07 Aug 2016

Community Speed Watch Support Your Team


The Westwood Community Speed Watch (CSW) team helps monitor vehicle speeds along Lower Westwood. It also reports speeding vehicles to the police. The CSW team has lost some members of the team as a result of people moving away from the village. If you can spare a little time every now and then, and want to help maintain road safety within Westwood, why not join the team? You will just need to undergo basic training from the Wiltshire Police by spending a couple of hours at Devizes HQ one evening. This is a fun and informative session where the police give you a brief talk on CSW and how to use the speed device. You will also be taken on a fascinating tour around the police vehicle bays. 


We share the speed device with other CSW teams from nearby villages and only operate for a few days every 2 months. Each period is planned in advance, and you choose the days/times that suit you. With 2 or 3 people on site each time, we operate the speed device, record vehicle information and do a total vehicle count (using a clicker). You can join an experienced CSW Team and offer as much or as little time as suits you!


If you want to join or simply want to know more, contact me without any obligation via email or the Parish Council.


Alan Wheals (; CSW Team Leader

Article published: 27 Jan 2016

 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

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