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Speed camera back in place at Setch A10 junction, but critics slam 'blunder'

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A controversial speed camera has been reinstated on the A10 near Lynn – more than a year after safety concerns forced the removal of its predecessor.

Officials say the Garage Lane junction in Setch will be closely monitored in the months ahead, after the work was completed during the last few days.

But the row about the project has continued, amid accusations of environmental damage caused by the work.

New Speed Camera Installed at Setchey,Garage Lane Junction.. (54137212)
New Speed Camera Installed at Setchey,Garage Lane Junction.. (54137212)

Revised plans for a camera enforcing the 40 mile per hour speed limit at the site were approved by county transport chiefs in November, and subsequently upheld by a scrutinty panel.

A camera was previously installed at the junction in December 2020, only to be removed days later amid concerns it was reducing visibility for drivers either joining the A10 or heading towards Lynn.

But county transport officials have maintained the coverage is necessary to make the area safer for drivers.

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council's cabinet member for transport, said: “The safety camera has now been successfully installed to help tackle ongoing road safety issues at an accident cluster site which has sadly seen seven injury accidents over this 500m stretch of the A10 near Garage Lane during the last five years.

“We would always urge people to drive safely and observe speed limits, and hope this further enforces the 40mph limit past so many homes and businesses along this busy part of the A10.

“We’ll continue to carefully monitor this section of road over the coming weeks and months.”

Officials say that three of the recorded incidents resulted in serious injury.

But opponents claim no evidence has been presented to suggest that speed was a factor in any of those incidents.

They argue that other measures, including improved signage and even a reduced speed limit, should have been pursued first.

County councillor Alexandra Kemp branded the work to reinstate the camera as the "first Conservative blunder" of the New Year.

And she also slammed moves to cut back part of a a hedgerow to accommodate the camera, questioning the environmental basis for doing so and claiming it went "against climate change objectives"

Mr Wilby said: "A section of the overgrown hedge has been cut back to help to improve visibility at this junction."

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