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A contentious speed camera will be reinstated at a busy West Norfolk junction despite opposition from local residents and representatives.

County officials are set to look at whether wider improvements could be made to the Garage Lane turning onto the A10 in Setch.

But critics maintain that, despite figures suggesting the installations have led to a major reduction in serious crashes elsewhere in Norfolk, the move is likely to put public safety at risk.

A speed camera will be reinstated at the junction of the A10 and Garage Lane in Setch. Picture: Simon Nash
A speed camera will be reinstated at the junction of the A10 and Garage Lane in Setch. Picture: Simon Nash

The issue was examined at a Norfolk County Council scrutiny committee meeting yesterday after the authority's transport portfolio holder, Martin Wilby, backed the plan earlier this month.

Committee members voted to take no action on the decision, despite calls for a rethink which were led by divisional representative, Alexandra Kemp.

An earlier attempt to site a camera there was halted within days last December, amid concerns that it reduced drivers' visibility.

Miss Kemp claimed the camera would act as a distraction to motorists as she questioned officials during the session at County Hall in Norwich.

She said: "It's a risk too far, isn't it?"

But a report setting out the reasoning for the decision said the camera would be installed further back into the verge in order to address the concerns which led to its initial removal.

The paper also claimed similar cameras had reduced the number of serious accidents at sites across Norfolk by 44 per cent.

And chief officer Tom McCabe said: "We have a duty to try to make the road safer. Our strong advice is we do believe the safety camera will improve safety there."

It was also stressed that the decision to site the camera at the junction did not mean there was a specific problem there, but that it would be most effective over a wider area.

But Miss Kemp maintained she was representing the views of local people.

She said: "People say to me time and again, 'Not on that junction'.

"This could represent a real danger. We can't just look at figures for what's happened elsewhere in Norfolk. People are taking the view this is an irrational decision."

Committee chairman Steve Morphew said there was a bigger issue to be considered beyond the question of the camera decision.

And panel member Nick Daubney backed Miss Kemp's call for wider improvements as described the road as a "disgrace".

Mr Wilby said: "I can ask officers to have a look at this junction and see what they come back with. There is knowledge and information available about this junction."

Mr Morphew told Miss Kemp: "I think you've done well for your residents."



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