News: The Parish Council have been in contact with the Rural Policing Team regarding the issue of large volumes of visitors at Shear Water and Heavens Gate. See below the reply: The Rural Policing Team go through Shearwater a few times each shift so they are aware of the issues at Shearwater and Heaven’s Gate with traffic and visitors to the area.   The Rural Policing Team  have spoken to Wiltshire Council Highways to discuss the Clearway that is in place that starts in the village and runs for a mile way past the end of the lake itself.    The clearway was decriminalised in the year 2000 making it a civil offence to park on the Clearway and as such Wiltshire Police cannot enforce it for this reason.  If a vehicle is completely off the road then this is not considered an offence, but if they are half on the carriageway and half off, then this is an infringement and an Enforcement Officer (what was a traffic warden) can write them out a ticket. The clearway must be marked by a start and an end sign and DOES NOT require any white lines being painted on the road and as such is correctly marked in situe at present.  It seems that Enforcement Officers have not been in operation during Covid 19 but are now restarting on Monday 1st June 2020.  The Rural Policing Team have asked that they attend the Shearwater Lake so enforcement can be started.    Since Lockdown has been eased slightly, it was always inevitable that once people were allowed to go out with less restriction they would visit in greater numbers due to the close proximity to Warminster, but also people maybe not wanting to visit beaches on the south coast with all the crowding we have seen on social media.  Warminster Officers have been engaging and educating members of the public at Shearwater and removed a number of groups from the lake during the day and car park in the evening. With current Covid restrictions, members of the public are able to visit the lake freely as many times as they wish to exercise, have a picnic as a family, or just sit by the lake.  Wiltshire Police will still engaging with members of the public about Covid 19, but they are not able to enforce Social Distancing as they do in Scotland and Wales.

Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield Parish Council
Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield Parish Council

Are you worried about the speed of traffic in your Village?
Do you want to do something about it join the Parish Community Speed Watch Team


Excessive speed through the village is one of the most common issues raised within the community. It can not only on impact on road safety but also the quality of life for those residents that have to endure it.

Community Speed Watch is a scheme with volunteers to help people reduce traffic speeding through their neighbourhood.
It  raises awareness of the dangers of speeding and trys to help manage the problem locally.
It also seeks to promote safer driving in the communities by educating rather than prosecuting.

The information collected by Community Speed Watch groups is passed back to Wiltshire Police who may undertake speed checks.
This could result in drivers being prosecuted.


Community Speed Watch requires a group of at least 3 trained volunteers to operate.

Having registered as a volunteer you will be offered a training course run by Wiltshire Police.
The course covers the use of the equipment, training in conflict resolution etc.


The volunteers will then run the session noting the date, time, colour, make, model and registration number of any vehicles exceeding the speed limit.
This information will then be forwarded to the Police.

They will arrange for the registered keeper of the vehicle to be written to, informing them that the vehicle was detected exceeding the speed limit, giving the location, date and time. Persistent speeders will receive a second letter but on the third occasion they can expect further action to be taken by the police.


Interested? Then contact:-

If you are interested in becoming a Speed Watch Volunteer visit: or email the Clerk at or contact your local Councillor Simon Wager.


The areas covered by the Teams are listed below:


Frome Road Lay by by Houses/Bus stop in Church Street depending on direction  monitored


The entrance to Old Estate Yard Church Street facing both ways


By Church Entrance, Church Street facing both ways


High Street by the parking area fcing both ways


Kingston Lane/ Back Lane facing all three directions



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