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Speed of traffic through Beech Hill

Are you concerned about the speed of traffic through the village? Would you like to do something about it?

West Berkshire Council are holding a training session on the use of Speed Indication Devices (SIDs). SIDs are hand-held speed guns which, with a couple of hours training, can be used by anyone wishing to make a difference.

The training session will be at the West Berkshire Council Offices in Newbury from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Wednesday 25th October. If you are interested in taking part then please contact our Parish Clerk at clerk [at]

Copied below is an email to the clerk from tne Senior Roads Safety Officer at West Berks Council which gives more information:

Dear Clerk
Speed Indicator Device (SID) Training
Parish or Town Councils are under no obligation to participate but in order to support local resident complaints for speeding and our Road Safety Programmes it would be beneficial for all Parish / Town councils to consider having councillors or volunteers to be trained to operate SID within the boundaries of their area.  

If the Parish/Town Council chose to support this programme they should have trained Councillors operating the equipment at approved sites, the operators need to be covered under the Parish/Town Councils public liability insurance to the min value of £5 million. Please ensure that the insurance provider is aware of the SID activities that the Parish/Town Council will undertake; a copy of the Public Liability Insurance will need to be sent to trafficandroadsafety [at] before any equipment will be loaned.

The actual SID training is very simple but the training session also includes an insight into our speed intervention programme and how the SID data is linked, it starts at 18:30 lasting for approximately two hours and will be held at:
*    West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury – Wednesday 25th October 2017, 18:30 to 20:30 approx

During the training each Parish / Town council member or volunteer will need to be photographed so that an authorisation card to use the SID machines can be issued to them. There is no limit to the number of representatives that are put forward for training.

If your Parish or Town Council is interested in the SID training please contact Alan Dunkerton, the Speed Management Co-ordinator at West Berkshire Council, by e-mail on alan.dunkerton [at]  or Cheryl Evans, Senior Road Safety Officer cheryl.evans [at] before Friday 20th October 2017 with details of who you would like trained.

Yours sincerely
Cheryl Evans
Cheryl Evans AMRSGB

Senior Road Safety Officer

Traffic & Road Safety Team, Transport & Countryside, West Berkshire Council,

Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD

(01635) 519984 | Ext 2984 | cevans [at]


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