The previous Community Speedwatch programme ceased on 1st April 2011 as the Specific Grant funding had come to an end. By the end of the scheme, over 60 villages were involved, with a volunteer force of approximately 700 people and an average of 6000 warning letters per year issued to speeding motorists.
In order to identify whether there was still a requirement for Community Speedwatch, a pilot was run during September and October 2012 in 9 communities where speeding had been identified as a major concern for local people. The villages that took part in the pilot were; Rothersthorpe, Kislingbury, Bugbrooke, Croughton, Kings Sutton, Wilbarston, Dingley, Pytchley and Isham. 57 people were trained in the use of the calibrated speed monitoring device, which records the required data on speeding cars, relevant safety details and insurance information. As a result of the data collected, 512 warning letters were sent out over the course of the 2 month pilot.
At the end of each village’s CSW involvement, participants were asked to complete a short survey. A report was compiled from the results by Northamptonshire ACRE. The full report can be accessed here or you can download just the Executive Summary.