The aim of the Tintern Community Speed Watch is to reduce the speed of vehicles using our village. Not only for the safety of our own friends and neighbours and their children but also the visitors who come to see the great place where we live.
We have the full support of GoSafe, the Welsh road casualty reduction agency and, of course, Gwent Police (those of us who know the communication system used by the latter will know the significance of their owl in the photo).
The Tintern Community Speed Watch was formed at the end of March 2015 and undertook its first session on 3rd April 2015 (Good Friday).
We are a group of residents from the village, some retired and others working, fitting in their sessions for the group when we can. We all share the aim of reducing the speed of traffic through Tintern by educating drivers.
Tintern is a village with a main road running its length. This road is narrow and has no footpath in places meaning that mothers with children and elderly people have to walk in the road or cross often. The community has become alarmed by the dangers of the drivers of vehicles of all kinds, not just cars but coaches, buses and heavy goods vehicles, paying little or no heed to the speed limit.
a speed which still has the capacity to seriously injure or kill a child but speeds of nearly 60 miles per hour have been recorded.
Members of our community have agreed to join the Community Speed Watch scheme and gather at agreed times to monitor the speeds of vehicles being driven through our village.
While one member uses the laser speed gun others record the time and:
of any vehicle exceeding the speed limit plus a small margin.
These records are then collated by the local coordinator, one of the volunteers, and passed through to the Police for processing. The vehicle details are matched with the DVLA database and a letter is sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle. The letter is a reasonably friendly request from the community for the driver to curtail his speed when driving through the village.
No other action is taken unless the vehicle is recorded again by any of the Speed Watch groups in which case a stronger letter is issued, the third time resulting in more attention from the Police.
The Tintern Community Speed Watch is seeking new members to boost our numbers at sessions and to further our aim of making our village safer.
Anyone over 18 years of age and resident in Tintern is eligible to join us and needs to give us at least two hours of their time, in one session each month, to be effective. Of course, if you can give more than this, so much the better. The more of us there are the less time each has to give. Applications are treated in the strictest confidence and will be subject to a simple Police vetting procedure. In summary:
If you are interested in joining us (and we hope that you are) please use the form on the right of this page to send an email to the local coordinator who will contact you and arrange the necessary forms and procedure.
We welcome contact from any of our fellow residents and are pleased to discuss any aspect of our work.
If you have a question or two about how we operate and, indeed, why, please feel free to get in touch with your local coordinator via the form on the right.