Somerset speed cameras back on

Six fixed digital speed cameras will be turned on again in Somerset following a dispute between Somerset Council and Avon & Somerset Police Police over who should pay for them.

The cameras were turned off in 2011 after the area’s safety camera partnership was dissolved.

In December last year the Chief Constable  offered to buy unused speed cameras fo £1. This unusual move followed a decision by Bristol’s mayor to have up to 26 red light and speed cameras switched off due to lack of funds.

At the time, Elfan ap Rees, deputy leader of North Somerset Council, said the Police offer was “just a sound bite”.

He said many of the cameras were “out-of-date” and that there had been a fall in the number of accidents since they were turned off.

Somerset Council has now agreed to accept the Chief Constable’s offer and so the cameras will go back on.

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Richard Silver CTA Call us on 0808 231 3908