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Watch Your Speed in Ferndown!

Our local community speedwatch team has continued to carry out roadside checks across Ferndown.

During the first nine months of this year over a thousand roadside sessions have been carried by speedwatch groups across Dorset, advocating their speed limits to over 290,000 passing motorists.  This includes community speedwatch groups operating in Stapehill and West Moors.  Gratifyingly the vast majority of Dorset speedwatch groups have reported that most motorists respect the prescribed speed limits. There were however 7,000 speeding motorists sent at least one Advice Letter by Dorset Police.

Ron Cross, our CSW Co-ordinator, said we have continued to focus our roadside sessions in Church Road and Victoria Road, and have steadily increased the number of sessions in Dudsbury Avenue and Glenmoor Road.  This has included an increased number of sessions during commute hours, which resulted in us being seen by thousands more motorists.  Unfortunately, this also resulted in us reporting a higher number of speeding motorists, with over 600 motorists sent a least one Advice Letter by Dorset Police.

Ron added in the past seven months we’ve been seen by over 25,000 motorists, with pleasingly most motorists observing our speed limits or slowing when they saw their speed was being monitored.   Generally, we found it is just a small minority of motorists that unfortunately don’t care.  To help address this, Dorset Police are deploying more speed enforcement officers to our area as part of their No Excuse causality reduction operation.  This was evident recently in Victoria Road when they recorded 6% of motorists were driving at an excessive speed.

He explained we should all remember, that in good conditions, the difference in stopping distance between 30mph and 35mph is more than two car lengths.  Put into perspective, in Dorset around two-thirds of crashes in which people are killed or seriously injured occur on roads with a 30mph speed limit.  This summer this was particularly pertinent in Ferndown, with serious incidents recorded in Victoria Road, Church Road and Dudsbury Avenue.  Such incidents destroy people’s lives and cost the NHS millions!

To address this and help keep our neighbourhoods safe, Dorset Police has recently introduced ‘Operation Snap’ which is a secure online portal which allows members of the public to submit dash-cam and digital photographic evidence of dangerous driving incidents, including instances of excessive speeding.  For more information, please refer to

Residents in Ringwood Road are keen to set up their own speedwatch team to monitor the new 30mph zone.   If you are able to help, please contact Ron or refer to

Ron explained we continue to receive a lot of enquiries and requests from residents asking us to patrol their roads.  In the past month this included Dudsbury Road and Dudsbury Crescent.

Therefore, if you would like the opportunity to monitor your road, and report speeding motorists directly to Dorset Police, please contact Ron Cross on 07592 790199.

November 2019.

Using the Land Registry

(This post is part of an occasional series. It is  on how the UK planning system works and how various government agencies (in this case the Land Registry)  operate within it. There posts are not by planning experts but rather by interested amateurs. They come as-is. Any corrections welcome)

Land Registry LogoIf you are seeking information on a planning application or another property or piece of land, the Land Registry offers some useful services.  But the Land Registry does not get involved directly with planning.

Until quite recently obtaining information as to the ownership of a piece of land was difficult. Further information, regarding that ownership and who may have a Curtailage or charge over the land (i.e. who gets paid big bucks if a development goes ahead) has been nigh on impossible to obtain.

But now that has changed.

You can, for a fairly modest fee, get a copy of the title deeds of just about any property or piece of land within the country. As well as that you can get a plan of the site and also a flood risk indicator. All thanks to the Land Registry.

Access to the Land Registry website is On This LINK

While this is all good news, unfortunately things do seem to have regressed slightly in the last few years. About five years ago (as I remember) the Land Registry has an innovative map option where you could easily identify a property using a Google maps style application. This though appears to have been done way with. Which is a shame.

However there do appear to be companies that offer this service. For obvious reasons their cost is greater than that of the Land Registry itself.

Today identification of a property directly through the Land Registry is either via address or map reference

Before you can obtain any data you have to register (although it is pretty painless as web registrations go), then pay your fee. Then you can download a PDF of the document(s) you have requested.

You usually have to pay for each document. But they all potentially have a great deal of informational value. In all it comes to about £15.00 for the lot. Well worth the money. Especially if you are at a loss as to who actually owns a particular property or piece of land.