Only one in five speed cam­eras switched on

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHIANNON MCDOWALL rhiannon@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ONLY one in five speed cam­eras in Cheshire are ac­tu­ally switched on, new fig­ures have re­vealed.

A Free­dom for In­for­ma­tion re­quest has shown that only nine out of the 54 cam­eras cov­er­ing the county’s roads are op­er­a­tional at any time.

Mac­cles­field is un­der­stood to have nine speed cam­eras, in­clud­ing the ones on Lon­don Road, the Silk Road and the Cat and Fid­dle. The po­lice force did not re­spond when asked by the Ex­press why all cam­eras are not op­er­at­ing, but did say that they reg­u­larly re­view which cam­eras are ac­tive.

But Amanda Stott, an in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor for Bolling­ton, said: “If a piece of equip­ment is there it’s be­cause it is deemed nec­es­sary to in­vest in that kit and make the road safer, I think it’s un­ac­cept­able that so many of them are not work­ing.”

LESS than one in five speed cam­eras in Cheshire are ac­tu­ally switched on, new fig­ures have re­vealed.

Out of 54 cam­eras cov­er­ing Cheshire roads, only nine of them are op­er­a­tional at any one time, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from Cheshire Po­lice.

This means the ma­jor­ity of Mac­cles­field’s nine cam­eras - in­clud­ing the no­to­ri­ous Cat and Fid­dle - are likely to be switched off at any given mo­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Amanda Stott, an in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor who rep­re­sents Bolling­ton, ques­tioned why all cam­eras aren’t in op­er­a­tion.

She said: “As a tax payer I would ask why so few of them are work­ing.

“If a piece of equip­ment is there it’s be­cause it is deemed nec­es­sary to in­vest in that kit and make the road safer, I think it’s un­ac­cept­able that so many of them are not work­ing. [The po­lice] have gone to the trou­ble of in­stalling them so why don’t they use them?”

Coun Nick Man­nion, who rep­re­sents Mac­cles­field West and Ivy, said while cam­eras should act as a de­ter­rent for speed­ing, some driv­ers will take a risk.

He said: “I do worry that if peo­ple think there’s a prob­a­bil­ity of them not be­ing live then they will take risks.

“Reck­less peo­ple will take a chance and it’s dan­ger­ous. My view is they should all be ac­tive and all be mon­i­tored con­tin­u­ously. There are no ex­cuses for speed­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to Cheshire Road Safety Group, there are nine speed cam­eras in Mac­cles­field: A523 Lon­don Road; A523 Silk Road; A536 Con­gle­ton Road; A538 Manch­ester Road; Churchill Way; A537 Cat and Fid­dle; Chelford Road, Monks Heath; Con­gle­ton Road, Nether Alder­ley; and Lon­don Road North/Park Lane in Poyn­ton.

Cheshire Po­lice has one of the low­est per­cent­ages of op­er­a­tional cam­eras out of the 36 forces which re­sponded to the Press As­so­ci­a­tion re­quest un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act, rank­ing it 30th out of 36.

A spokesper­son for Cheshire Po­lice did not re­spond when asked by the Ex­press why only nine of the cam­eras are turned on, but said they reg­u­larly re­view which cam­eras are ac­tive.

She said: “Speed cam­eras are used as a de­ter­rent to en­sure driv­ers ad­here to the speed lim­its.

“As well as fixed cam- eras, of­fi­cers will also de­ploy mo­bile speed cam­eras and reg­u­larly re­view which of the fixed cam­eras are turned on.”

THE speed cam­era near the old Fools Nook pub on Lon­don Road

Fig­ures have shown only one in five of Cheshire’s speed cam­eras are switched on

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