Speed Watch in Great Chishill
In 2006, Great Chishill did a Parish Plan. One of the main issues for people in the village was speeding on our roads in the village. In 2007, the Speed Watch initiative came to the village. This allows volunteers to monitor the speed of cars in the village using special equipment provided by the Police. Number plates of speeding cars (and their speeds) are recorded and passed to Cambridgeshire Constabulary who generate letters to be sent or hand delivered to those caught speeding. Frequently, 25% of passing traffic is travelling at 35mph or more. This activity proved there was a problem and so on occasion the police enforcement van came to village.
In 2012, the volunteers of Speed Watch identified a piece of equipment which would enhance their activities - a portable flashing sign which warns people that they are speeding and flashes up their speed. It also data captures the speeds of cars and the number of vehicles passing through the village. The sign is moved between Hall Lane, Barley Road, Heydon Road and New Road every 2 weeks so that traffic entering and leaving the village is monitored.
The sign is successful in that, when it is in situ, the number of speeding cars has reduced, but when the sign is in situ and the warnings turned off (data is still captured) cars still speed. The highest speed recorded since inception on 1 July 2013 is 72 mph incoming on New Road in March 2015.
The Speed Watch volunteers are still to be found from time to time monitoring the traffic using the Police Kit - mainly during Friday evening rush hour. They do a brilliant job for the village and the Parish Council greatly values all their effort and time. They are always looking for additional support: if you can help, please contact the Clerk on 837112 or firstname.lastname@example.org and she will put you in contact with the team.
low are the statistics from the Flashing Sign so far in 2015. These will be updated regularly for you to view.
Barley Road and Hall Lane are (not surprisingly) the busiest roads, but the short stretch of New Road entering the Village has by far the highest percentage speeding.