How Many Drivers Speed On Langford Village?

We now have the first set of statistics from Langford Village’s very own Speed Sign.  For clarity, this is not a speed camera, it does not record any number plate details.  It simply records for each vehicle passing it, its maximum speed along with a time and date stamp.

It is all too easy to accidentally speed, the primary objective of the speed sign is to actively draw each drivers attention to their speed.  It has been noted  that drivers are slowing down when the speed sign has indicated they are travelling above 30 miles per hour, so the impact has been positive. 

The sign is mobile, with two ’sockets’ already in place on Peregrine Way, with one socket near Kestrel Way and one near Avocet Way.  At each of these locations the sign can be positioned to measure traffic speed in either direction.  A third socket will shortly be installed along the section of Peregrine Way containing the shops and school.

The first set of data we have is for cars traveling from the Osprey Close/Falcon Mead roundabout down Peregrine Way towards the Shearwater Drive/Avocet Way junctions – basically leaving the estate. Over a period of one month, 44,167 vehicles passed the speed sign.  The chart below puts traffic into 5 mile per hour buckets.  So for example, 19,347 vehicles passed the sign traveling between 25 and 30 miles per hour.

The data indicates that we do have a surprising number of cars travelling down this section of road above the speed limit. Just over 12% of vehicles are speeding – that is  5,612 speeding vehicles over a period of 1 month (October 2023).

In response to some requests to publish a more detailed breakdown of the instances of over 30mph speeds the LVCA can also provide this additional chart/data table. This shows that there were 688 times when a vehicle was recorded as speeding between 36mph and 55mph.

The sign has now been moved to record data for cars traveling from the Goldcrest Way/Pipits Croft roundabout towards Ravencroft and Kestrel Way junctions, we will publish this data when available.

The primary objective of the Speed Sign is to encourage us all to drive at a safe speed on our roads, on our estate.  The secondary objective is provide actual data to determine if we have a problem with speeding on Langford.  If we do, we can provide this information to the relevant authorities who can in turn decide if they want to carry out any enforcement actions. 

Let’s work together to make Langford a safe place to live.

Laurence Gray, LVCA Committee Member

Please Watch Your Speed!

Have you spotted the new addition for our community on Langford Village?

Langford Village Community Association (LVCA) has managed to obtain a grant to purchase a vehicle activated speed sign which has now been installed on the Kestrel/Ravencroft/Swansfield side of Peregrine Way.

The aim is to help ensure we all have a safe Langford Village and that everyone who lives or visits can understand the need to adhere to the speed limit.

The device records the speeds at which vehicles are travelling and that information can be extracted regularly and, if necessary, shared with the Police.

The unit can be turned around to record the opposite direction of travel and also moved to the opposite leg of  Peregrine Way, which is planned in due course.

Thanks for your support.

Carole Hetherington, Chairman LVCA

Peregrine Way 5G Mast Appeal Dismissed

A government Planning Inspector has now ruled that a proposed 5G mast should not be allowed to be built on a grass verge on Peregrine Way. This supports Cherwell Council’s decision to reject the mast when the proposal was first put forward in summer 2022.

Among the key points is that the Planning Inspector did not consider that the proposed mast had been sympathetically designed as required. Moreover, the development would be harmful to the character and appearance of the area.

To view a copy of the full Inspector’s report please click here.


A government Planning Inspector must now rule on whether a towering 5G mast to improve mobile signal coverage should be built on a grass verge alongside Peregrine Way at Langford Village. 

Cherwell District Council threw out the original plan for the 16m tall mast in August last year on grounds of its adverse visual impact and detriment to local residents. But now the company that’s seeking permission to build – CK Hutchison Networks – has launched a formal appeal as it still wishes to go ahead on the same chosen site.

Anyone who wishes to add further comments, either in support or opposition, now has until 13th July 2023 to submit them. Before making a decision the government Planning Inspector will then make a visit to the site, which is near the junction to Merlin Way but on the opposite side of the road and towards Falcon Mead and the roundabout. 

A number of local objectors, including the LVCA, have also opposed the chosen site as they also believe it’s unsuitable but have suggested that the applicants to build the mast should seek a better site somewhere else that’s still in the Langford vicinity.

An idea of how the Langford mast would look – this one is on Leach Road in west Bicester

To view the original LVCA posts on the Langford mast please click here and also here