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Speed cameras in South Gloucestershire could be axed

  • 21 February 2011
  • From the section Bristol
Fixed speed camera
Image caption The changes in the partnership will mean less reliance on fixed cameras

Fixed speed cameras in South Gloucestershire could be turned off after the council confirmed it would not fund them after April.

The authority is the second in the area to withdraw its money after Somerset said it could not afford to fund them.

Funding for the cameras in the county will cease on 31 March.

Minutes of a meeting, obtained by the BBC, show that because of "funding uncertainties" cameras in neighbouring areas could also be turned off.

The team, which looks after cameras in the West of England, is also being disbanded with three posts in Taunton closed and jobs in the Bristol unit, which processes fines, reduced.

'Just one element'

The changes are due to cuts in government funding.

Each of the local councils provides money for fixed cameras and each council is currently considering whether to continue funding them.

South Gloucestershire currently provides £144,842 of funding a year.

A council spokesman said: "The council is committed to road safety and the cameras are just one element of a wider strategy.

"Education, training and road engineering all contribute to making South Gloucestershire's roads amongst the safest in the country."

Of the three remaining councils, Bristol hands over £150,000 of funding while North Somerset gives £100,000 and Bath and North East Somerset gives £94,000.

These councils are due to make a decision on funding during February and March.

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