The Parish Council has set up a Community Speedwatch Group with the support of the police to monitor the speed of passing vehicles using speed detection devices.
The Group of volunteers, who have received training from the police, was set up in 2018 in response to the many concerns raised by residents about speeding in Westbourne.
So far, the Parish Council has reported over 300 vehicles driving above the speed limit to Sussex Police. The aim is to educate drivers to reduce their speed, and if this is ignored and there is evidence of repeat or excessive offences, enforcement or prosecution may follow.
The Speedwatch Group further enhances the speed reduction schemes already put in place by the Parish Council. This includes the 20mph speed limit, signs and road markings, and the gateways at the entrances to Westbourne which alert drivers to the village with its lower speed limit.
The Parish Council hopes to improve traffic calming measures by installing speed indicator devices, a mobile system fitted to lamp posts, which shows the driver the speed at which they are travelling. An application for funding has been made to Chichester District Council and the Council is in discussion with West Sussex County Council about their exact locations.
If you are interested in taking part in the Community Speedwatch Group, or would like to find out more, please contact the Parish Council.