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County transport leaders have been accused of ignoring local people in a new row over the siting of a speed camera in a West Norfolk village.

Officials claim they have addressed safety concerns which saw a camera removed from the junction of the A10 and Garage Lane in Setch last year.

But moves to reinstate the coverage are set to be challenged at a scrutiny committee session next week.

County council officials claim their plans to re-site a speed camera in Setch will address previous safety concerns. Picture: Simon Nash
County council officials claim their plans to re-site a speed camera in Setch will address previous safety concerns. Picture: Simon Nash

Divisional councillor Alexandra Kemp, who has called in the matter, said the decision had "ignored local knowledge of the geography and causes of danger" at the junction.

Plans to re-site a camera at the site were formally approved by Norfolk County Council's cabinet member for transport, Martin Wilby, earlier this month under his delegated powers.

A report published on the county council's website said the junction had been identified as "the priority site that would most benefit from a safety camera", using funding allocated by the county's Safety Camera Partnership.

A previous camera there was removed in December 2020, after community leaders raised concerns that its positioning could reduce visibility of traffic heading towards Lynn on the A10 for drivers emerging from Garage Lane.

However, the latest report said changes had been made to address the issue, following a site review.

The paper said: "It was determined by the team that adjustments could be made to the position the camera closer to the rear of the visibility splay at the junction that would resolve local concerns with visibility."

But Miss Kemp's call-in request, which is supported by several other councillors, argues that an existing problem of drivers overshooting the turning into Garage Lane will be made worse, potentially leading to more collisions, by siting a camera there.

She says further measures, including a reduction of the current 40 miles per hour speed limit to 30, would be necessary to prevent the camera from becoming a distraction to drivers and highlighted the continuing opposition of other local representatives to the new proposal.

She wrote: "The presumption of policy is to do no harm. I am not satisfied that the current proposed location will not cause harm."

But the report claims there has been a 44 per cent reduction in crashes leading to death or serious injury at fixed camera sites in Norfolk.

It also said the fears of distraction were "unfounded".

The issue is expected to be discussed at a scrutiny committee meeting on November 24.



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