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

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Cllr Alan Wheals (CSW Team Leader)

Article published: 07 May 2015

Westwood Road Safety, 20mph zones and Community Speed Watch (CSW) 

A history in the Parish Council minutes

These matters have been widely discussed within the village since 2010 and have often been contentious. [Westwood is in Wiltshire] Formal records of these developments have been recorded in the Parish Council (PC) minutes. However, it can be time-consuming to find and follow discussions of particular issues that carried over many months. For the convenience of parishioners, all the minutes concerning Westwood road safety, 20mph speed limits and CSW have been brought together in this single, searchable file.


The minutes are in chronological order and form a continuous narrative of how we got to where we are today - and who said what, when and why. They start with the minutes of the meeting on December 2009 and end with the minutes of the meeting on 3 March 2014 by which time 20mph zones had been created and a CSW team was operational. Formal reporting of CSW in the minutes continues on a (mostly) monthly basis. Note that there is no meeting (and thus no minutes) of the PC in August.


Significant milestones include:

1.   Presentation of a village safety plan by a ‘lobby group’ - February 2010. The slides from the presentation are in a separate pdf entitled “Westwood Road Safety Campaign” [WCRSC].

2.   Monitoring the speed of traffic through the village using the ‘metrocount system - May 2010; December 2012

3.   Discussion about WCRSC - July 2010

4.   20 mph Speed Limit trial - October 2012

5.   Formal Traffic Road Order [TRO] - Sept 2013

6.   Formal adoption of CSW - January 2014


NOTE: The pdf file linked to below has been created by copying the individual minutes of 45 meetings. They have been reproduced in good faith but the author of this document takes no responsibility for any inaccuracies. If the information is going to be used in an important or legal context then the user is advised to consult the original and definitive approved minutes that can be found on the PC website here: 


A History of Westwood 20mph zones in PC minutes


Cllr Alan Wheals

Monday 1st December 2014


Article published: 04 Dec 2014


"Crash rates rise despite 20mph limit"

This was the headline of an article in the Wiltshire Times dated July 18, 2014. It was seized on by those against the 20mph limit and copies of the article were posted in the shop and thrust into the hands of Community Speedwatch volunteers. It sounded daft and counter-intuitive. It was! Read the truth below:

'Lies, damn lies and statistics'

July saw the publishing of an analysis of the Department for Transport's (DfT) casualty figures by the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). The IAM claim in their press release that 20 mph roads are not delivering casualty reductions, as the number of casualties on 20mph roads has increased. However, what they have failed to take account of is, deliberately we presume, that the number and hence length of 20 mph roads in the UK has significantly increased and that of 30mph roads decreased. So it doesn't take a mathematical genius to conclude that the number of casualties on 20mph roads will increase as there are many more miles of 20 mph roads now! The DfT don't provide any statistics on the total lengths of 20mph vs. 30 mph roads now or previous to 2013 which makes it impossible to make direct conclusions.

One statistic that it is possible to validly conclude though is that on 20mph roads the risk of death from casualties is 2.5 times less compared to 30 mph roads. In 2013 there were 6 deaths from 3,164 casualties (0.2%). On 30 mph roads there were 538 deaths from 111,186 casualties (0.5%). Another clear fact that shows 20mph roads are safer than roads where cars travel at higher speeds. It is just common sense!

Rod King MBE founder and campaign director of 20s Plenty commented: 'We are amazed and disappointed that the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) should make such a woeful mistake in their conclusions from the DfT statistics. In fact, wherever 20mph limits have been piloted, on looking at the casualties in detail, councils have concluded that there was a positive effect on road safety and subsequently widened the implementation across most areas. Now 20% of the UK population live in towns, cities or villages where the Traffic Authority is convinced that 20 is plenty for most streets. The IAM conclusion is bogus and reflects a poor understanding of either the changing numbers and success of 20mph limits or basic statistics'.

The original article was written by Tamsin ( and published in The Gudgeon in August and is reproduced by permission from Jackie (thegudgeon@btinternet.corn).

Other News The 20 mph zone was set up after the democratic decision of residents of the village. The Community Speed Watch (CSW) team helps to enforce the speed limit with the active support of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon and the Wiltshire Constabulary. CSW schemes are popular. 114 such schemes have already been set up across the county since the initiative was launched just one year ago.

The CSW scheme in Westwood started in February. Since then there have been six completed periods of monitoring. A total of 14,842 vehicles have been counted of which 1,452, or 9.8%, were speeding at 25 mph or more (with a small minority travelling at what the police class as excessive speed - the fastest recorded being 49 mph exiting the village at the turning to The Pastures). The clear conclusion is that the overwhelming majority of drivers drive within the limit. The result is safer roads for all.

Parish Councillor Alan Wheals

Article published: 01 Oct 2014

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