Speed camera call

CAMPAIGNERS in Burnham are petitioning to get speed cameras installed at a dangerous speeding hotspot. Over 300 signatures have already been collected for cameras to be put up in Marine Drive. Councillor Joe Leach, who is collecting the signatures, sai

CAMPAIGNERS in Burnham are petitioning to get speed cameras installed at a dangerous speeding hotspot. Over 300 signatures have already been collected for cameras to be put up in Marine Drive. Councillor Joe Leach, who is collecting the signatures, said: "We want to get two cameras, one at either end of the road, which time how long it takes you to drive from one end to the other so they can work out if drivers have been speeding."This makes people drive slowly down the entire road, not just where the speed camera is. We would also like a pedestrian crossing. A lot of elderly residents use the road and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed by a speeding motorist."The petition will be handed in to Somerset County Council when there are 1,000 names on it."Burnham and Highbridge Town Council's improvements committee is currently looking at speeding problems in Marine Drive, on The Esplanade and on Love Lane . In a letter to the committee, town clerk Eileen Shaw said: "We are between a rock and a hard place because the local police don't have the manpower to deal as efficiently with this issue as they would like and Somerset County Council appears to be unwilling, or at least doesn't have the funding, to deal with this issue."Suggestions by the town council to curb speeding include starting up a community Speedwatch group, in which residents would use hand-held speed guns to clock speeders, a flashing speed visor, a zebra crossing and speed cameras. A further suggestion came from the area working panel for Burnham, which suggested the fire service launches a shock tactic campaign showing photographs of the damage that can happen to vehicles involved in bad accidents.


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