Speed Cameras Could Be Going
22 September 2010, 18:15
We could soon be seeing fewer speed cameras.
Councillors in Norfolk have today voted in favour of getting rid of them across the whole county as a way of saving money after a 40% cut in the road safety grant from the government.
However, a final decision won't be made until next month when it goes to cabinet on October 11th.
It was one of four options discussed by the council today.
It's already happened elsewhere in the country as a way of dealing with spending cuts.
Alec Burn chaired today's meeting and told Heart: "The money from the government has been taken away. When you consider that Norfolk has done so well casualty reductions over the past four years, we are looked upon by everybody as a leading council in this and I think it's rather sad we've had to do this but if there's no money there we can't do it - it's as simple as that.
There has to be ways to cut costs. We know what the situation is and the public certainly know it, so we've had to do it. We wouldn't have done it if they'd have left the money with us, we would have carried on doing our casualty reduction."
He added: "The police will still be doing they're monitoring like they've always done it. We won't be doing it as well - that's the point. We were a partnership before and that partnership will no longer be if that decision or that recommendation is taken forward but that hasn't been taken forward yet. Don't forget the local communities do the same thing now. Hopefully things won't change very much - but we don't know the answer to that."
There are no plans to do the same in Suffolk at the moment.