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Bradley Stoke Way speed check results in 64 warning letters

Posted on Friday 10th April 2015 at 10:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Community Speed Watch members in action on Bradley Stoke Way.

By Derrick Powell, Bradley Stoke Community Speed Watch Coordinator

On Saturday 14th February, we conducted a Speed Watch on Bradley Stoke Way, near the Willow Brook Centre, with four regular team members, two new members and PCSO Ben Sheward. One of the new members was the newly appointed coordinator for the Pilning area, and a new member for the Bradley Stoke team.

In total, the number of vehicles passing through during a two hour watch was 1,054. Out of these, 64 were clocked exceeding the speed limit of 30mph and the drivers will therefore receive a warning letter from the police. Additionally, one vehicle was observed undertaking in the bus lane.

Any driver who receives three warning letters will receive a summons and have their licence endorsed.

Elsewhere, I have made an application to South Gloucestershire Council to erect three police warning ‘tri-signs’ in Sherbourne Avenue, due to the amount of excessive speeding in this area, in anticipation that they may prevent a serious accident.

Avon and Somerset Police will be conducting a Speed Awareness Week sometime in April at Yate town centre; Community Speed Watch will also be attending to talk to any pedestrian or motorist about speeding and its consequences.

Photo: Community Speed Watch members in action on Bradley Stoke Way.

More info: Community Speed Watch

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Introducing the new Bradley Stoke Community Speed Watch

Posted on Thursday 8th May 2014 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community Speed Watch volunteers.

In this article first published in our May magazine, Derrick Powell, Bradley Stoke Community Speed Watch Coordinator (pictured above, left), describes how the group operates and what its objectives are.

We organise teams comprised of a minimum of three volunteers to conduct speed watches on the roads in and around Bradley Stoke.

We work in conjunction with the police and are funded by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) who provide equipment i.e. speed guns, luminescent jackets, clipboards etc. Meetings are held every two months at the SGC offices in Yate, to discuss activity and future developments for the speed watch members.

We are currently adopting a computer system developed by Devon and Cornwall Police called SWAN, where we can centralise all information gathered by Community Speed Watch (CSW) teams throughout South Gloucestershire. Avon and Somerset Police will hold all this information, and SGC will have access to all non-confidential information.

Our main aim is to record any speeding motorists and pass this information to Avon and Somerset Police. Whether it be 40, 30 or 20 miles per hour. This is carried out by means of a letter for the first offence, a follow up letter of a more serious nature and a visit from the police for a second offence. Should the offending motorist be caught speeding for the third time, they will be visited by the police and further action will be taken by means of a fixed penalty or court summons.

More: Concerned about speeding? How to contact the group »

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New recruits for Community Speed Watch team

Posted on Wednesday 9th November 2011 at 12:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Community Speed Watch volunteers

The Bradley Stoke police team has reported a surge in people volunteering to become members of the town’s Community Speed Watch initiative, with the number involved set to double by the end of the month.

The team was formed with the minimum required six members in July, following several years of appeals for people to come forward (we reported in 2009).

Interest in the initiative was boosted after a 13-year-old child was seriously injured in a collision with a motorcycle on Bradley Stoke Way at the end of September.

PCSOs Jason Green and Kirsty McKillop have arranged for training of Speed Watch volunteers, with ten so far trained, and another six to be trained on 23rd November.

In the three months since setting up at the end of July, 78 motorists have been identified by Speed Watch volunteers as travelling well above the maximum speed limit of 40mph on Bradley Stoke Way, with recorded speeds varying from 47 to 62 mph. All offenders are said to have been sent warning letters about offending.

More: At least five prosecutions for speeding in October »

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Speed Watch volunteers accused of “hiding” behind road sign

Posted on Friday 16th September 2011 at 8:47 am by SH (Editor)

Community Speed Watch volunteers on Bradley Stoke Way

A Bradley Stoke motorist is claiming that police and community volunteers carrying out speed checks in the area have been improperly “hiding” behind road signs and bushes during their monitoring operations.

Mark Setterfield, 26, claims that members of the recently formed Community Speed Watch team and assisting PCSOs are violating police guidelines that require speed traps to be clearly visible to drivers and says warning signs should be displayed to warn drivers that checks are being made.

Mr Setterfield told The Journal of an incident last Saturday afternoon in which two volunteers and a PCSO were carrying out a check on Bradley Stoke Way, close to the Patchway Brook Round (near Pizza Hut and Aldi). After passing the speed trap, which he claims was not visible because the volunteers and police officer were “hiding” behind the pillars of a road sign, he returned to take a photograph (reproduced above).

He also says that a week earlier he noticed volunteers operating a speed trap “in the bushes” further down Bradley Stoke Way, close to the Willow Brook Centre.

In the latest incident, Mr Setterfield says he asked the PCSO why the team were “hiding” behind the road sign, to which the response was: “we’re not hiding and we needed something to lean on while doing this.”

When the motorist said he would be sending a report to the press, the PCSO said “there’s no need for that” and the team quickly packed up their equipment.

Mr Setterfied said:

“I feel it is disgusting that normal everyday people of the community are put through these unauthorised police tactics.”

Read on for a reaction from Avon and Somerset Police »

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