October 25, 2010
for new Burnham-On-Sea speed camera rejected by council
MP and a local district councillor have this week expressed their
concern that calls for a new speed camera in the town have been
rejected by Somerset County Council.
Cllr Joe Leach has been campaigning for the introduction of a
speed camera along Marine Drive for several three years, backed
by MP Tessa Munt.
But this week, the cash-strapped Safety Camera Partnership has
decided that it will not be introducing a permanent camera despite
local safety concerns.
"Some residents feel lives could be put at risk by this
decision. It is a fast-moving road and we will continue to fight
for a camera," Cllr Leach told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
am also disappointed that the county council has said it will
not be considering reinstating the old camera at East Brent despite
cross-party calls for its return."
Dick Bowen, Somerset's Road Safety Partnership Manager, explained:
"Marine Drive does not meet the requirements of the Department
for Transport on the installation of a fixed safety camera."
"Mobile enforcement is in place and we have made 32 visits
to the area and will continue to carry out this type of enforcement.
More importantly, the offenders do not know when the mobile vehicle
will be there."
Of the East Brent camera, he said: "We carry out periodical
speed checks to ensure the speeds do not rise. Our first data
collection was in May 2010, prior to removal, when the average
speed was recorded as 37.9mph. We carried out a new check in September
2010, four months after the camera was removed, and the average
speed was 37.8 mph, both below the posted speed limit of 40 mph."
"We will continue to monitor the speeds and act accordingly
if an increase is recorded. Based on this evidence, though, there
is no need to consider a safety
camera being returned to this location."