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This arrived too late to include in the October News & Views so is reported here in full -
Community Speed Watch 2016 Summary
With the conclusion of Silverstone's involvement in the 2016 Community Speed Watch program, it is time to reflect on the results. The initiative was run over a period of six weeks from the end of June to the beginning of August, with Silverstone and Whittlebury sharing the equipment, which was operated by volunteers trained in its use by the Northamptonshire Police. During the three Silverstone weeks, commencing 27 June, 11 July and 25 July, a total of 25 sessions were manned, each session being of 60 – 90 minutes duration, with generally a morning and afternoon stint. More »
Four sites were approved by the Northamptonshire Police Safer Roads Team, selected in conjunction with input from the Silverstone Speed Watch team. Contrary to some feed-back, the sites were not selected so that the speed gun operators were hidden from motorists. The team wore high-viz jackets and were clearly visible from at least 200 metres. Any driver who did not see them was obviously not paying full attention to their driving!
Of the four sites, two were situated on the A413 Towcester Road, specifically close to the new school, facing traffic heading in the direction of Towcester, and opposite Baines Close to monitor traffic in both directions. Site three was in Church Street, by the SRA facing the village centre, and the fourth site was in West End, close to Monkswood.
A total of 530 vehicles were clocked exceeding 35mph (a speed at which the Police can prosecute in a 30mph zone), with the highest speed recorded being 55mph (3 times). Of the total, none were in West End, which was included as it is perceived by residents as being a rat-run race track. 16 offenders were logged in Church Street, with the majority, 514 on the A413. Although 514 vehicles were logged, the reality was that the number exceeding the speed limit (on the A413) was closer to 650, as, at times the volume of traffic precluded recording the necessary details: speed, registration number, make of vehicle, model, colour, direction of travel and gender of driver.
All details recorded were forwarded to the Northamptonshire Police, who have subsequently advised that 498 letters were sent to offenders as a warning. These details will be retained for twelve months, and if any driver re-offends during this period, it may lead to a prosecution. (The 32 difference between vehicles logged, and letters sent is attributable to thorough checking of details recorded. If any single aspect of the logged details varies with DVLA records, such as registration number not matching make of vehicle, then the incidence is rejected.)
Statistics (dangerous things) indicate that 85% of offenders caught exceeding speed limits in villages are local residents. This, I feel, may be slewed in the case of Silverstone with the volume of visitors to the circuit, and construction workers employed on the Bovis Catch Yard Farm development.
How effective the Community Speed Watch program has been will always be difficult to assess. However, electronic surveillance by the Police in the period 21st – 29th June (i.e. prior to the Speed Watch exercise) on the A413 indicated that 56% of vehicles exceeded 30mph and 36% exceeded 35mph. A similar post-Speed Watch monitoring between 30th August and 7th September, indicated that vehicles exceeding 30mph had dropped to 44%, and those exceeding 35mph was down to 24%.
The volume of vehicles exceeding the speed limit in the village is cause for major concern, and the Speed Watch exercise only proved what many residents already knew. It is a sad reflection on the attitudes of many drivers who knowingly show a blatant disregard for speed limits. Accordingly, the Police have been requested to step up the number of times they position a camera car/van in the village on the A413, and to come up with schemes to slow traffic, which will not be easy bearing in mind the designation of this road as a "High and Wide" route and an alternative to the A43 in the event of an incident on the by-pass.
My thanks to the band of volunteers who made the Community Speed Watch initiative possible. Anthony Bradshaw, Silverstone CSW Co-ordinator » Less
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:24 by Peter Byng
A number of local Parish Councils, including Silverstone, and associated local organisations would like to find a self-employed handyperson/maintenance person who could be called on to carry out minor repair and maintenance activities on their behalf when needed. Pay to be agreed for each job. Hours would vary and could not be guaranteed, so this might suit someone who has retired recently or who is working part time and is seeking extra hours and rewards. For an informal discussion, contact Linda Paice on 01327 353622.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:43 by Peter Byng
Mr. P. Dunne of 2a Towcester Road was voted onto the Parish Council by co-option last night to fill the seat vacated by Andy Kitchin. Once the Declaration of acceptance of office has been signed, he will take his seat at the next meeting of the Council on 10th October.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:33 by Peter Byng