newf Posted October 5, 2010 Share Posted October 5, 2010 I think I have read a thread somewhere about the cancellation of the variable speed cameras on the A149 but I cant find it again so thought it might be of interest to start again. I was so incensed that once again we, the Joe Blogs of the world, have to foot the bill for someone at the top who has made a costly mistake gets away with it and we end up paying so I wrote to NCC and voiced my thoughts. Here is the reply email : I hope that the following answers your questions. You will see that the last Government funded the introduction of these cameras, but as part of the response to the national debt crisis, the Coalition Government has withdrawn the funding that would be used to operate them through the Safety Camera Partnership. On the question of bonus payments, the people working in the Safety Camera Partnership are more concerned about their jobs. The jobs of around 30 members of staff in the Safety Camera Partnership are at risk if the county council decides it is unable to meet the cost from other sources, or no other solution in found. A149 and A1151 speed cameras Approval and cost Average speed cameras on seven sites along the A149 and A1151 were installed under the Rural Road Safety Demonstration Project run by Norfolk County Council for the Department for Transport (DfT). This 12km stretch of road had a bad accident record, with 127 casualties including nine fatalities and 18 serious injuries since 2003. The installation was approved and paid for by the Department for Transport. The cost was Â£470,000, paid for by the DfT, and the cameras were in place and uncovered by the end of March. Number of people caught speeding None. The cameras have not been activated. However, traffic speed checks (by road counter) before and after the installation of the cameras have shown a 90% reduction in the number of vehicles speeding. The cameras, which include innovative features designed to make them effective with motorcycles, were to be operated by the Safety Camera Partnership, but could not become active until internet connections to the Partnership offices had been carried out by BT. This connection was delayed for reasons outside of Norfolk County Council's control, and connection was then postponed pending a decision on the future of the Safety Camera Partnership. Please note that the decision on speed cameras and the Safety Camera Partnership has not yet been taken. It will be considered by Cabinet on 11 October. However, following the loss of Government funding, Norfolk County Council's Environment, Transport and Development overview and scrutiny panel voted on 22 September in favore of closing down the Safety Camera Partnership. The Partnership's work, including safety cameras and educational road safety work, is managed through Norfolk Police, which is responsible for speed limit enforcement. The Partnershipâ€™s Â£1.6m annual running costs are covered by the County Council using the Government's Road Safety Specific Grant. As part of in-year spending cuts the Government has reduced this grant by 40% this year and has warned councils to expect no Road Safety Specific Grant next year (2011/12). In the light of this, Norfolk County Council has had to consider whether it should on its own fund the Partnership from other sources. The overview and scrutiny panel considered four different options and voted 9-4 in favour of Option 1 - closing down the Partnership and ending fixed and mobile speed camera enforcement and associated community safety work. This is now a recommendation to Cabinet which will consider the options and make a final decision on 11 October, taking account of ongoing discussions with the police. Should you remain dissatisfied with my response to your complaint please contact the customer services (complaints) team who will discuss with you what can be done next. John Birchall, Communications Officer, Environment, Transport and Development, Norfolk County Council Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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