Speedwatch was first introduced into Compton Bassett in 2014 and again in 2016 but didn’t really get going properly until 2017.
Speedwatch volunteers have notched up around 166 hours of Speedwatch sessions during which time they have monitored the speeds of around 11,184 vehicles passing through Compton Bassett, which is an average of just over 100 vehicles per hour at peak periods.
The level of speeding traffic in 2014-2016 was around 13% on average which was of serious concern to the Villagers as speeds of up to 55 mph were being recorded outside the Village Hall.
The effect of increased Speedwatch activity in 2017 brought about a 300% reduction in the level of speeding traffic down to around an average of 4.65%, which equates to an average of 4-5 speeding vehicles per session.
The introduction of the 40 mph speed limit from Dugdale’s Farm to the Village Hall in mid 2018 has further reduced the level of speeding traffic down to around an average of 3.09%, which represents a further 30% reduction.
Of course, the overall speeding traffic data is variable on a day to day basis but a statistical analysis shows that there is over a 99% probability that the further reduction of 30% (equivalent to around 3 speeding vehicles per hour) is a real effect.
It is clear from the data below that the improved traffic safety in the Village is largely maintained through the dedicated efforts of Speedwatch volunteers.
So thank you to everyone who gives their valuable time to make Compton Bassett a safer place – it is much appreciated.
Speeding traffic is still a concern to most Compton Bassett Villagers, particularly due to the increase in the number of heavy goods vehicles over the past months.
However, it is hoped that the further traffic calming measures suggested for consideration in the recent Neighbourhood Plan review can be introduced to help to provide even further reductions in speeding traffic.
Wiltshire Council has introduced the above Order to introduce a 40mph speed limit on C15. The order is being made "In the interests of Highway Safety", from a point 95 metres north west of its junction with Briar Leaze to a point 30 metres south of the driveway entrance to Dugdales Farm House
The order has been long awaited after a campaign which was started over 10 years ago gained considerable momentum in the last two years.
Grant funding of up to 75% of the cost of the signage was obtained by the Parish Council after diligent and thorough research, leaving just one third of the cost to be found by the parish. The posts and signs were introduced recently and the order came into force on 25th June 2018
Fran Creasey, is the speed watch coordinator for the village and was reported in The Gazette & Herald recently as saying, “As soon as the new signs went up we noticed an immediate difference in the attitude of drivers, as they find themselves entering the new 40mph zone before coming into the 30mph section of the village. We would rather that drivers don’t use Compton Bassett as a short cut at all but if they have to drive through the village, at least they aren’t treating it as a race track as before. It’s not a perfect solution but it is a start and we are very grateful.”
It should be noted as a personal observation that without teeth this order is not able to deter the persistent and habitual speeders passing through the village. The excellent efforts of the Speedwatch team should be applauded but I would suggest that until the police have sufficient resources to catch the persistent offenders it is not a problem that will go away just yet.
For those wishing to check out the orders and documents under which authority the speed limits have been set can see and download the two documents under the section on governance in the Parish Council area of the site. For now they can also be viewed by clicking the two links below.
We must thank the efforts of parish councillors, past and present, and the Speedwatch team for their work in making this happen.
7.5 tonnes weight limit signs are scheduled for installation on the A3102 in late June. It has been hoped that this will bring to an end the problems experienced over several years of HGVs not familiar to the area turning off the A3102 onto the road to the village. Signage has always been a problem with lack of visibility and drivers, unaware of the status of the road are then faced with no safe alternative to turn round and retrace their steps, but instead must continue their journey through the village. Local drivers already know the limit on the road and should be reported to Hills at Lower Compton, as that is where they are nearly always going. It should be noted that LGV traffic requiring access to properties within the weight limit for delivery or collection purposes will still be able to travel this road.
Today, the last day of June, and the signs are as buried as ever they were. This image is one of the signs at the entrance off the A3102 (yes, it is in there somewhere). The sign on the opposite side of the road, which should be easily visible had been turned around to announce the weight limit to anyone approaching across the field.
Maybe they meant June 2019?
CleanUpWilts is a countywide litter campaign sponsored by Landmarc Support Services, which aims to reduce the £2.5million bill taxpayers currently pay to clean up litter in Wiltshire.
"It is very disappointing that people feel it is acceptable to discard litter in Wiltshire, or anywhere. The campaign aims to change people's attitudes and behaviour making the dropping of litter/ particularly food on the go litter, totally unacceptable." Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways, transport and waste
Did you know:
Fly-tipping is an offence under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990). The maximum penalties for flytipping on summary conviction are a £50,000 fine and/or 12 months imprisonment, and on conviction in a Crown Court an unlimited fine and/or five years imprisonment. In addition, Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for small scale fly-tipping can also be issued (£400).
Should we be prepared to put up with this kind of antisocial behaviour on our own doorstep?
Wiltshire Council will once again be supporting the Great British Spring Clean and is calling on communities to get involved by organising a litter pick during the weekend of 2,3 and 4 March 2018.
It has long been a bone of contention in and around the village concerning the passage of heavy vehicles en route to Hills at Lower Compton.
The signage was poor and whilst local drivers have no excuse for flouting the ban, often the vehicles would have been from outside the area and the drivers would have found themselves already committed to the turn in to the road towards the village before they realised where they were heading. The signage was improved slightly a while ago and for traffic coming along the A3102 from Calne the signs were quite visible. However, from Royal Wootton Bassett and the M4 the signage was invisible until the vehicle is already starting to make its turn in towards the village. With huge safety implications from vehicles having to turn around or even attempt to reverse back on to the main road again another hgv passage through the village was the result.
The parish council advise they have started the long process of getting improved signage on the main road to discourage heavy vehicles from coming through the village. The Calne Area Board first has to approve it before then sending it to the Calne Area Transport Group. Once they have approved the signs they will then go into a queue of priorities around the county. Hills have agreed to pay for the signs so we just need to wait until there are people available to carry out the work. This is also true of the 40 mile per hour signs. These have been approved and are also in the queue. As soon as we hear more we will update you.
The Compton Bassett Speedwatch team regularly conducts speed checks at three sites in the Village, within the 30 mph speed limit.
Analysis of the latest Speedwatch graph, up to the end of September 2017 shows a clear drop, from an average of 12 speeding cars per hour (rush hour) to around four per hour - a threefold reduction. This is based on the measurement of over 1,000 cars in the three-year period.
Many thanks to all volunteer members of the Speedwatch team and congratulations on a successful campaign to reduce 'speeders' through the Village - and for your continued support. If you are interested in joining the Speedwatch team, please contact Fran Creasey on 01249 814539.
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