Friday, 5 April 2013
SWITCHING OFF SPEED CAMERA'S IN OSCOTT AND ELSWHERE IS A MAJOR MISTAKE
Police in the West Midlands have this week switched off the last of its 304 fixed speed cameras - because they are too expensive to run.
This is partly due to government cuts to policing and the £489,000 cost of converting old-fashioned film mechanisms to digital technology.
The last 73 cameras are being turned off pending a strategic review of how to deal with speeding in one of the UK's most populated areas.
The West Midlands police pay to run the sites, while local councils stump up for maintenance. The conversion cost would be 600k
The Police however claim speeding motorist may still be court by extra mobile camera patrols which are being introduced.
Frankly like many other residents who have campaigned to have speed Cameras installed in Oscott Locations like the Queslett Road and College Road over the years, I am far from convinced.
I am calling on those who have made this decision to review it and have asked our Perry Barr MP to put pressure on the government to find the funding and to look again at the matter.