Helping to make all our lives safer
2019, the Parish Council's Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) application to WSCC Highways was successful and the speed limit along Plaistow Road - the main road through Ifold - was reduced from 40mph to 30mph. Whilst in theory this reduction should have made
the road safer for all road users, including pedestrians, children catching the
school bus and anyone pulling out from their driveways onto the main road; unfortunately, in practice, some drivers still need reminding about the new
speed limit. This is where Community Speed Watch (CSW) volunteers come in.
local group was inaugurated on the 1st September 2020 and are
one of 280 registered CSW groups across the County. The Team consists of 14
active ‘roadside’ volunteers with the addition of a couple of seconded Parish
Councillors who act as liaison officers between the Parish Council and the CSW Team.
CSW Team is independent from the Parish Council. However, the Council actively
supports and promotes its activity and has purchased some of its equipment.
the date of its inauguration in September 2020 and early October 2021, the CSW
Team undertook 51 roadside sessions. In that time they recorded 17% of
drivers exceeding 35mph along the Plaistow Road.
they added the total number of vehicles exceeding the 30mph speed limit,
that figure jumped to 49%.
staggering 94,950 vehicles!
this period, the fastest speed recorded against a vehicle coming past Ifold
Stores into the village was 65 mph (July 2021).
This was superseded (or should
that be super-speeded) in February 2022, when a vehicle was clocked coming into
Ifold at 70mph!!!
Let's stop a moment to consider the dangerous junction where The Drive joins Plaistow Road. There are
two bus stops at this location - on either side of the road - which are used
twice daily by the children of this Parish - both infants and seniors (not that
age should matter)!