Swindon council ends speed cameras

Councillors in Swindon have decided to end funding for fixed-point speed cameras, meaning the town has become the first in the UK to do so.

The Tory-run council voted unanimously in favour of withdrawing from the Wiltshire and Swindon Safety Camera Partnership.

The idea was first suggested 12 months ago by Peter Greenhalgh, councillor for highways in Swindon, when there was a change to the way fixed-point cameras were funded.

Mr Greenhalgh objected to central Government receiving the cash from fines while Swindon Council had to pay for the upkeep of the cameras.

Speaking after the vote, he said: "Just because there will be no more fixed-point speed traps in the town does not mean motorists cannot be caught. Police will still be out and about with hand-held speed-measuring devices."

Mr Greenhalgh added that in 2007/08 70 people had been killed on Swindon's roads and that this was proof that fixed-point speed cameras were not working to curb motorists' excessive speed.

He said that alternative speed-reducing measures were now being considered by the council, including education and training for motorists and reduced speed limits in problem areas.

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