West Chiltington Parish Council July News

A monthly round up of news and events provided by West Chiltington Parish Council.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

We now have a casual vacancy in the office of Parish Councillor. The council is made up of 13 volunteers who give some of their time to represent the residents on the Parish Council. Why not come along to one of our meetings to see how we do it? All details are on the Parish Council website www.wcpc.org.uk

Community Speed Watch

Most of West Chiltington has a speed limit of 30mph, and 20mph in the old village. Our PCSO Erica Baxter has comments on Community Speed Watch schemes:

“In past months a great deal has changed to make the systems and methods of Community Speed Watch more fluid to use and more effective.  Below is a list of answers to some frequent queries:

  • Yes, community volunteers do stand roadside in yellow jackets and take speed readings. About 4 can make up a group but having more does help with flexibility.
  • Sites are assessed for compliance and safety before approval.
  • Volunteers are fully trained and insured through being part of CSW and are using approved and calibrated equipment. There is a variety of roles.
  • There is support available at all times via the CSW website which has excellent advice and manuals for groups and contact direct with the support team.
  • The results that they enter directly onto the CSW system have wider value than is generally understood – for instance, action is taken against speeding drivers; data is recorded including driver profiles recording bad behaviour where appropriate; data can inform further police action where appropriate; data can indicate a Camera Van site may be advisable.
  • A measurable reduction in speed has been found in Sussex communities that operate a CSW group.
  • Effective educational factor is the main value of Speed Watch and it firmly places the system as a key tool in tackling the sort of situations described at our meetings.

If you would like to help set up a West Chiltington Speed Watch group please either contact our Parish Clerk or go directly to the website www.communityspeedwatch.org  for more information.

NB The eagle eyed amongst our readers will have noticed a couple of errors in last month’s issue. Apologies have been received with thanks.

Tel: 01798 817434  Email:clerk@wcpc.org.uk

The Parish Office, Church Street, West Chiltington, RH20 2JW. Normally open Tue-Thu 10am–2pm, please phone before visiting.



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