Communities to pay for own speed cameras?

Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership prepares to open talks

LOCAL COMMUNITIES could be offered the chance to fund their own speed camera network, following Government cutbacks announced last month.

Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership is prepared to open talks with communities who will pay the £5,000 a year necessary to run their own speed camera.

The Partnership, responsible for cameras in Oxfordshire, axed the county's 79 speed cameras after having its funding slashed by £600,000, following government cutbacks.

"We are looking at going out to communities that have expressed an interest and offering them a package to keep cameras running," said a spokesman for the partnership to The Daily Mail.

"The cameras are definitely something we want to see continuing. Since the start of the partnership in 2000, road casualties have dropped by 50 per cent. It is not all down to cameras but we believe that they are a contributory factor."

Last month, Visordown reported the news that Nuneham Courtenay, a village on the A4074 from Oxford to Reading, was the first community to express an interest in taking over the village's speed camera. However, the move was dropped after villagers were told they'd need to stump up another £50 a year on their council tax.