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Speeding in the High Street

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:28 pm
by ponsonby
To whom it may concern,

We have very much enjoyed our first year in Sutton Veny and expect to do so for many years to come. However, the purpose of this notice is to invite comment on what seems to us to be an ever increasing problem of speeding in and around Sutton Veny. Having attended a speed awareness course, I am very attuned to the potential consequences of speeding and am also aware that statistically most traffic accidents occur in built up areas (fact).

My first point therefore relates to what the Parish Council has done in the past to examine this issue. My second point is to seek comment on whether we need another debate to discuss a more stringent campaign to slow traffic going through the Village. From my perspective the fact that there are no traffic calming measures at all in the village (other than a speed limit), is an exception when compared to measures that exist in many villages I travel through. This invites a very lax approach to speeding which I think we should take more seriously. I understand that part of the reason we do not have any calming measures is that we have not had a serious accident or death and therefore measures are not required. if that is the case, then I am certain that at some point we will have a serious accident, and when that occurs I am not sure the defence of 'it has never happened before' would go down well with the victim.

In anticipation of comment.

With regards

John Ponsonby

Re: Speeding in the High Street

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:59 am
by PRS
Speeding traffic is a recurring topic at meetings of Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the area. Surveys of speeding are being carried out in Sutton Veny and other villages by our Neighbourhood Policing team Beat Manager- PC Phillip Bridge. He will be reporting back as to the size of the problem and what measures might be useful in containing it.
It is worth pointing out that, in the majority of surveys of speeding, the highest proportion of offenders are local residents!
I will try and provide the appropriate feedback when it is available.
Peter Strangeways
Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, Sutton Veny

Re: Speeding in the High Street

Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:11 pm
by ponsonby
Peter, thank you for your comments and I look forward to reading up on the resutls of the Police work. I have heard the comment that most offenders are residents. I am not sure that is germane to the argument. Whether villagers or not, there appears (yet to be proved) to be a problem and if residents are the culprits, they need to be 'calmed' as well as anyone else!

But thanks again for your reply.

KInd Regards


Re: Speeding in the High Street

Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:19 pm
by Stephen

When the traffic is heavy then that is in itself a traffic calming measure. The problem I think (correct me if I am wrong) is when the traffic is light and cars can speed down the road without having to wait for cars coming in the opposite direction.

What sort of traffic calming measures do you have in mind ? I don't think road humps or a narrowing of the road are the answer but I am not sure what else can be done ?

Yours Stephen

Re: Speeding in the High Street

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:53 pm
by 1991
Speeding through the High Street of Sutton Veny and Sand Street Longbridge Deverill is now a Priority for the local Police for the next 3 months.
This priority is moved around the area of Warminster Rural South which Sutton Veny comes under.
For more information go to the Wiltshire Police web site.

Re: Speeding in the High Street

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:01 pm
by PRS
Thanks for those comments and the link, Phil

Re: Speeding in the High Street

Posted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:35 pm
by ponsonby
In answer to the last question posed on the subject of speeding and associated 'calming measures', may I suggest that a trial of a speed recorder as in the one used at the Bishopstrow end of warminster High Street, would be a start - they certainly have an affect on me!


John Ponsonby