Message from DCC Eastern Highway Neighbourhood Team regarding the information collected on the speed recording device in Old Village and Silver Street in December 2019

The joint assessment process undertaken with the Police known as SCARF (Speed Compliance Action Review Forum) has now taken place. The process has included an analysis of the speed data with a study of the reported collision record details.

The results of the objective speed data show that the average vehicles speeds are below the 30 mph. These speeds reflect what the majority of drivers perceive as an appropriate speed to be driven for that road. The average speeds are used as the basis for determining speed limits and are the national speed recommendation for speed assessment purposes.

I would advise that there are no recorded personal injury accidents in Willand Old Village and 1 in Silver Street that has speed as a contributary factor, during the investigation period.

As previously stated It is an unfortunate reflection on modern life that there is always a proportion of motorists who consciously choose to drive at a speed more than whatever limit is in place. The responsibility is somewhat on the driver to proceed at an appropriate speed according to the conditions and road layout.

As you can appreciate this is an emotive issue and one sentiment expressed regularly in the many letters that the County Council receive is the point that each individual site is an accident waiting to happen.

In order to assess issues of safety, the County Council undertake an annual cluster review of all recorded accidents so that funds are directed towards providing schemes at locations where there is an existing recorded problem.

To consider traffic calming or a lower restriction in a road we would look at details of speed related injury collisions when there is cluster of incidents and this would be part of the annual review.

Our Policy is to have speed limits of 30 mph in residential areas and the streetlights act as reminders that you are in a 30mph.

As you are probably aware the enforcement of speed limits is a matter for the police if vehicles are travelling more than the 30 mph but they have very limited resources to do this.  I would suggest contacting your local Police Community Support Officer to see if they can be of any help.

There is also an initiative called Community Speed Watch which is run by the Police and involves members of the local community.

Having considered the actual measured speeds and accident details, together with engineering (topography and function of the road) and environmental issues, we would not consider the situation sufficient to warrant any additional action.