Westwood Speedwatch

 We hope everyone is keeping well.

 During the first few weeks of lockdown and less traffic it was noticeable that there was less speeding in Westwood; with time on your hands why rush?  Most have continued to drive unhurried; however it is noticeable that since then speeding has increased greatly, the open roads being seen as racetracks by some.  This is recognised by Wiltshire Police who have sent out a report to us saying that they are stepping up their visible response to the issue of speeding in our communities with Community Policing Teams undertaking increased patrols in speed watch designated areas and where necessary will be using enforcement powers.

 It may surprise you that Westwood village is less than 3/4 mile long and that travelling the whole length at 20mph takes only a little over 2 minutes.  Speeding (at 25mph) saves you just 25 seconds!  When we return to the [new] normality why not just leave 25 seconds earlier and drive through at 20mph for the safety of pedestrians, equestrian’s  and cyclists.

 Stay safe.

Brian Oliver    Westwood CSW Team Leader


Article published: 08 May 2020

Westwood Speedwatch

We have started to receive County-wide data again.  The first data received covered the period 10th July to 29th August 2019.  Westwood had over 3 times the County average of speeders (25-29mph) with 13 times the County average of excessive speeders (30+ mph).  This yet again ranked Westwood as one of the worst places for speeding within Wiltshire.

With the agreement of both the Parish & Wiltshire Council and in alignment with other villages & towns in Wiltshire, Fixed Plate “Speedwatch” signage was installed at the entry-points to the Village over the New Year.  You have hopefully spotted the signs driving in.  It is hoped that this will remind motorists that speeding is not acceptable and that monitoring is undertaken.

Data from our last count at the end of January into February captured our lowest percentage of speeders over the 43 sessions that we have conducted during our 6 years of operation; maybe the “Speedwatch” signage was a factor.  We hope this is a turning point and our next session continues to show the reduction in speeding.

Brian Oliver   Westwood CSW Team Leader


Article published: 23 Mar 2020

Westwood Speedwatch Report November 2019

Westwood Speedwatch continues to operate in an effort to reduce speeding within the village.  Recent activity shows that almost 10% of traffic coming through the Village is speeding.

Westwood is also consistently one of the worst locations for percentage of speeders across the 100 Speedwatch Towns and Villages within Wiltshire.  The Police have recognised this and have recently attended Westwood to do speed enforcement.

With the agreement of the Parish Council and Wiltshire Council, Fixed Plate “Speedwatch” signage will be installed at selective locations within the Village in the near future.  It is hoped that this will remind motorists that speeding is not acceptable and that monitoring is undertaken.

We have welcomed a new member to the Team but 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 Nov 2019

Westwood Speedwatch


Of 51 Wiltshire CSW Teams counting in March, Westwood was:

1.   The 5th worst for % of speeders (25mph and over);

2.   The 4th worst for % of excessive speeders (30mph and over).

This is consistent with the previous month and clearly remains disappointing.  We await a Police check in the near future; this being the Police initiative to target worst case situations. We are awaiting the data from our last count at the end of May into June; with the Salisbury situations this information has (rightly) taken a back seat in immediate Police priorities.

We have welcomed a new member to the Team but 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: 29 Jul 2018

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

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