Broadstone Community Speed Watch – September 2020

‘Raising awareness, promoting road safety’

It is public knowledge that vehicle speeds on our national roads network increased significantly during the lock down period, and this continues to be an issue for all road users whether motorist, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian. Broadstone is no exception!

At any other time this issue might be dealt with by a combination of increased Police Speed reduction activities and Community Speed Watch operations. However both organisations are being severely tested by the impact of Covid-19 on resources and increased workloads. This is certainly the case with Broadstone Community Speed Watch team which is currently reduced to operating with just seven volunteers.
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Broadstone Community Speed Watch – August 2020

‘Safer roads, safer community, safer Broadstone’

You will have seen in the national media that during the Corona virus lockdown numbers of vehicles observed being driven at unacceptably high speeds, and in some cases stopped by the Police, reached new levels. In view of this Dorset Police took the decision to authorise Community Speed Watch teams to redeploy on roads throughout the county.

You may have seen on the Broadstone Community Facebook page, the Broadstone Community Speed Watch Facebook and on the BCSW Twitter page that your Speed Watch team was commencing roadside operations from Monday 13th July 2020.

In the present circumstances much thought and consideration had to be given to the safety of not only our own volunteers, but also all of those with whom we might come into contact. The most visible outcomes being that volunteers operating at the roadside would practice social distancing rather that stand together as a group. Furthermore, to reduce risks from handling equipment the calibrated Speed gun is now mounted on a tripod.

From an operational point of view, and in the short term, the number of roadside operations are being limited to two a week, this to reduce demands on the small core of volunteers currently available. On a similar basis the number of roads, on which BCSW will be mounting operations, will be restricted to three. These roads are Pinesprings Drive, Higher and Lower Blandford Roads. Timing of operations will vary as previously.

The numbers of operations per week, and the number of roads to be monitored, will be regularly reviewed, and any changes to the current limitations will be published on the two Facebook pages mentioned above and on Twitter -Watch these spaces!

The pandemic has affected many in our community, and BCSW is no exception so we would ask that if you come to speak with us at the roadside please respect the social distancing guidelines. Let us all stay safe!

Finally, please remember that the principal aim of CSW is to raise awareness, educate and inform.

Please stay safe and drive considerately.

BCSW

Coronavirus

Please note that until Coronavirus restrictions are lifted BCSW (Broadstone Community Speed Watch) will do everything possible to comply with current Government guidelines. Right now the most obvious and visible  effect of the current guidelines on speedwatch operations will be that BCSW volunteers will be standing at least one meter apart when carrying out speedwatch sessions. BCSW volunteers will continue to wear yellow hi-vis jackets so will still be visible to road users.

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – July 2020

‘Safer roads, safer community, safer Broadstone’

In these challenging times I would like to pay tribute to a little recognised group of people, and these are our wonderful volunteers who have put the safety and welfare of others before their own. These volunteers fulfil a myriad of roles in support of the NHS, Care homes, the Police and Fire Services, Food banks, those most at risk and unable to leave their homes, and many more.

Some reading this article will be volunteering their services and will be giving their time and their energy freely, and without expecting any thanks or rewards.

Now, as a volunteer myself I can tell you that one aspect of volunteering is that it can be very satisfying on a personal level. In addition, knowing that you are doing something that benefits others can also be most rewarding.

This said I am mindful of the fact that when we have moved beyond the pandemic, and our lives have adjusted to the ‘new’ normal, it is almost certain that many of the roles currently filled by volunteers will cease to exist. It may also be that some of those volunteers may seek to continue to volunteer.

To this audience I would wish to draw the attention of Broadstone volunteers to the fact the your Broadstone Community Speed Watch team will be redeploying as soon as permission to do so is received from Dorset Police. I would also confirm that we too are reliant upon volunteers, and we will always extend a warm welcome anyone who might express an interest in what we do, and who might wish to join us in reducing risks associated with vehicles being driven at excessive speed on our local roads.

If you are interested, or if you would like to know more about what we do, you can contact us online by e-mail enquiries@broadstonecsw.uk, or have a look at our website www.broadstonecsw.uk or our BCSW Facebook page. BCSW also offer a ’try before you buy’ experience without any commitment required?

Meanwhile, please do stay safe and well.

BCSW

Dorset Community Speedwatch teams to recommence operations from mid July 2020

In mid March 2020 Dorset Police suspended all CSW operations due to the impact of Covid-19.

However, following the recent relaxation of some Covid-19 related restrictions Dorset Police have authorised CSW teams to redeploy week starting Monday 13th July 2020. Broadstone Community Speed Watch will redeploy on or soon after this date as authorised.

Please drive safely and considerately.

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – June 2020

‘Safer roads, safer community, safer Broadstone’

When your Broadstone Community Speed watch team suspended their activities on the 20th March, a week or so before the official ‘Lockdown’, little was known about the challenges that lay ahead for all of us in the weeks to come.

One thing for sure is that we now cannot doubt that the cost, both in human and economic terms, is far in excess of anything we might have imagined.

Yet, it is in times such as these that we see the true good that exists in our society and in our nation. The amazing efforts of those brave and selfless members of our NHS and supporting services. The dedication and commitment of our Emergency services and others, and the thousands of volunteers who, regardless of the risks, have offered to help other less fortunate. In normal times it is easy to forget that such people and such acts of caring and kindness exist, and our attention is all too easily drawn to the less positive aspects of life and living in our modern tech filled world.

At the time of composing this article eyes are on the next steps on the road out of the current crisis, and the general consensus is that the path, to what we pray will be a full recovery, will be a long one.

That accepted there will undoubtedly be many new risks and challenges ahead as society emerges and moves to the ‘new’ normal, but emerge we will.

What does this mean for Broadstone Community Speed Watch? Without doubt it will be a case of when rather than if. Recent published statistics have shown that during the ‘Lockdown’ period there has been a worrying increase in the numbers of vehicles being driven at excessively high speeds. This may in part be  an unintended consequence of reduced traffic volumes and clearer roads, but will need to be addressed when schools, business and normal operations resume. Notice of any resumption of our activities will be published at the appropriate time.

Stay safe and stay well,

BCSW

 

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – May 2020

‘Safer roads, safer community, safer Broadstone’

Writing an article each month is sometimes a challenge in itself but the unexpected arrival of the Corona Virus has changed the editorial landscape completely. We are now are now facing challenges that months ago would have been unthinkable, and we can only rely on our Government, our medical experts, our most valiant NHS, and ourselves to get through this difficult period. If ever there was a time for us all to put our differences aside, and to work together for the common good, then I suggest this is the time.

With this in mind and in these circumstances, and to avoid adding any additional or unnecessary pressure or stress on our travelling public, Broadstone Community Speed Watch has ceased all CSW operations until further notice, and the two ‘Meet the Public’ events planned for April and May cancelled.

This aside, BCSW continue to lead the league table for CSW operations across the County, and we have been making considerable progress in reducing the numbers of speeding vehicles on our local roads.

In addition, and as mentioned in our April article, we have a PowerPoint presentation that we can present to organisations and groups who might wish to know more about our activities. We have so far provided this service to two organisations, and both presentations were well received.

Dorset Police continue to support CSW by developing policies, procedures, operational guidelines, training and supervision, to ensure that CSW teams carry out their roles responsibly, with the aim of maintaining public confidence in this joint initiative.

As always BCSW needs help from you, our residents, to keep a downward pressure on the numbers of speeding vehicles on our local roads., and you can do this by volunteering to join us. So do have a look at our website www.broadstonecsw.uk, fill in the contact form, attend one of our sessions on a ‘try before you buy’ basis, or come and talk to us at the roadside. Any and all enquiries will be warmly welcomed.

Finally, stay safe, stay well and keep healthy.

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – April 2020

‘Safer roads, safer community, safer Broadstone’

April – The month when we start to feel the fingers of spring reaching out into our greener spaces,  and time for your Broadstone Community Speed Watch to extend their operating times to take advantage of the extending hours of daylight.

It is also the month when we intend to introduce ourselves to our residents, and this will be achieved by running some ‘Meet the Team’ sessions in front of the Marks and Spencer food store on the Broadway. Not unnaturally we are restricted by the weather, but nevertheless do look out for a large white tent with members of our team in attendance wearing high visibility jackets.

To add interest, and subject to availability, we will invite Officers from Dorset Police who may bring along some of their operational vehicles or other interesting kit.

Once identified we will be publishing both the dates and the timings on Broadstone Community Facebook site and elsewhere.

An additional offering this year is that Broadstone Community Speed Watch team have a ‘Power point’ presentation available to present to organisations who might be interested in finding out more about Community Speed Watch and what it does. If you think this is something that might be useful to you then do contact us via our website form.

NB: We have a laptop and projector, so just need a screen, a venue and an audience.

Now what has changed? The reduction in the speed limit on Lower Blandford Road, from 40 to 30 mph, means that BCSW are unable operate on that road for six months. BCSW operations recommence June 2020.

In January and March your BCSW team received support from the Dorset Police Trucam team, when a Police Officer attended a regular BCSW operating site, with a calibrated Police issue Speed Gun mounted on a tripod. The Police officer had a BCSW volunteer in attendance. This Police initiative will become a regular feature on our local roads so be aware!

So, as oft said in ‘Hill Street Blues’ – Be safe out there!

Drive safely

BCSW


As published in the Broadstone Link magazine for April 2020

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – Update

With the many and various restrictions/issues associated with the Corona Virus pandemic in force, Broadstone Community Speed Watch has decided to postpone the two ‘Meet the Public’ events that it was planning to hold on the 25th April and the 9th May 2020, on the Broadway in front of the M&S Foodhall.

It is intended that both these events will be held at some time in the future when it is both safe and appropriate to do so. Watch this space for futher news.

Similarly, and following advice received from Dorset Police, Broadstone Community Speed Watch have suspended speed watch activities. Broadstone Community Speed Watch operations will only recommence when authority to mount such operations has been received from Dorset Police.

If, during this period when CSW is not operational, you have any issues with speeding vehicles, you should report such activity directly to Dorset Police.

Drive safely and drive responsibly, above all stay safe and stay well.

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – March 2020

‘Safer roads, safer community, safer Broadstone’

March – the month when it dawns on some of us that those pesky New Year’s resolutions are harder to live up to than originally thought, and the month when gardens begin to exhibit the early signs of Spring? March is also time for me to pen another article for our readers, and hopefully supporters? However, in this issue, I am going to reiterate of successes of last year for those who might not have read or received the February publication.

In 2019, between the 1st January to the 31st December, your Community Speed Watch team achieved the following;

Operations completed 110
Operations cancelled 17
Vehicles monitored 42,306
Vehicles recorded speeding 508

This achievement was recognised by Dorset Police Chief Constable who presented your BCSW with their second commendation in two years.

In previous BCSW articles there have been several requests for more volunteers, and sad to say only a few enquiries have been received.
But before dismissing this article as just another request for volunteers please ask yourself these questions :

  • Do you regard speeding where you live to be a serious issue?
  • Does speeding affect your quality of life?
  • Would you be prepared to do something about it?

If the answer to these questions is YES –

  • then would YOU can do something to reduce the numbers of speeding vehicles by joining Broadstone Community Speed Watch? In doing so you will be joining a dedicated team of like-minded volunteers, all of whom live in Broadstone, and who wish to make Broadstone. and those drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians and residents who use our roads, safer for all concerned.

If you are interested in Community Speed Watch, and want to know more, BCSW intend to set up some ‘Meet your Community Speed Watch team’ events on the Broadway outside Marks & Spencer’s in the Spring. Dates and times will be promulgated nearer the time.

Otherwise come and talk to us when we are operating at the roadside, or contact us via the Contact Us form.

Think safe, drive safe, be safe!

BCSW


As published in the Broadstone Link magazine for March 2020