Speed cameras were switched off in Thurrock in 2010

Thurrock Gazette: Speed cameras were switched off in Thurrock in 2010 Speed cameras were switched off in Thurrock in 2010

SPEED cameras in Thurrock have been switched off since 2010, it has emerged.

The shock news comes after the council revealed plans to turn them back on.

All the borough’s seven fixed cameras and one red light camera were turned off four years ago to save £100,000 per year.

The council chose to opt out of the Essex Safety Camera Working Group, which would have managed and operated the cameras, and decided not to operate them itself as that is even more costly.

But now, for just £7,000 a year, the cameras could be switched back on in April and managed by the working group, should the council’s cabinet agree.

It is claimed the cameras could mean six fewer injuries, including two fatal, each year. The council will also get to keep half the money raised through fines.

But residents have branded the move pointless.

Terri Olley, 52, from Tilbury, said: “Keep them off, it’s made no difference, and no one’s had to pay a fine.”

Shelley Hughes, from Grays, said: “The one in Hogg Lane proves some people do not take heed of the limit.”

But Andy Smith, the councillor responsible for transport and highways, said: “In the emergency measures we had to take in 2010, leaving the safety camera partnership was one of the first savings we had to find. It was costing us more than £100,000 a year.

“I know these cameras are not popular, but if you do not break the law and put others’ lives at risk, you won’t have to pay the fine.”

The speed cameras locations are:

*Lodge Lane, Grays, near Chestnut Avenue.

*A1013 London Road, Grays, near Breach Road.

*A126 London Road Grays, near Angle Road.

*B1335 Stifford Road, South Ockendon, near Daiglen Drive.

*A1012 Hogg Lane, Grays, between Elizabeth Road and Eastern Way.

*B186 South Road, South Ockendon, near Moss Road.

*B186 South Road, South Ockendon, near Verbena Close.

*A128 Brentwood Road, Chadwell St Mary crossroads with Linford Road and Riverside – red light.

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8:13am Thu 13 Mar 14

Bernard 87 says...

I do not see why they would bother switching them back on and wasting 7k a year to do so. Little difference has been made with them off so I would be inclined to leave it that way.
I do not see why they would bother switching them back on and wasting 7k a year to do so. Little difference has been made with them off so I would be inclined to leave it that way. Bernard 87
  • Score: 5

8:26am Thu 13 Mar 14

mustnt grumble says...

Before now, who really knew that they were turned off? How many (more) are going to flaunt the speed limit as a result of this announcement, believing they are safe to do so as long as they cant see any visible police?
Cant wait for the next article on boy racers in the neighbourhood.
Before now, who really knew that they were turned off? How many (more) are going to flaunt the speed limit as a result of this announcement, believing they are safe to do so as long as they cant see any visible police? Cant wait for the next article on boy racers in the neighbourhood. mustnt grumble
  • Score: 5

9:14am Thu 13 Mar 14

Dave_ says...

What has been the accident stats at/around these sites since 2010, purely due to threat of quelling the council's coffers?
If there has been no increase in accidents or more than what happen elsewhere, then leave them off and save £7K.
But now they've said that they aren't on, they've ruined it ... as per usual the idiots on the council, can't wait to find ways to waste money. I suggest Cllr Smith coughs the £7K from his expenses, as pennance for his blatant and unmitigated stupidity.
What has been the accident stats at/around these sites since 2010, purely due to threat of quelling the council's coffers? If there has been no increase in accidents or more than what happen elsewhere, then leave them off and save £7K. But now they've said that they aren't on, they've ruined it ... as per usual the idiots on the council, can't wait to find ways to waste money. I suggest Cllr Smith coughs the £7K from his expenses, as pennance for his blatant and unmitigated stupidity. Dave_
  • Score: 7

10:13am Thu 13 Mar 14

Thecountrysgonetopot! says...

They should have just kept quiet! Whenever i see a camera i automatically assume its working and i am sure so did most others
They should have just kept quiet! Whenever i see a camera i automatically assume its working and i am sure so did most others Thecountrysgonetopot!
  • Score: 14

10:27am Thu 13 Mar 14

Jb66 says...

Really good idea announcing it, I expect people assumed they were on, now a boy racer free for all I assume. Idiots.
Really good idea announcing it, I expect people assumed they were on, now a boy racer free for all I assume. Idiots. Jb66
  • Score: 12

12:30pm Tue 18 Mar 14

andyp71 says...

Jb66 wrote:
Really good idea announcing it, I expect people assumed they were on, now a boy racer free for all I assume. Idiots.
It is a really good idea to announce it, people will have a disregard for the cameras and pay no attention to them then.... bam, switch them on and see the money start flowing in as people will still believe they are turned off until the fine hits the door mat...
[quote][p][bold]Jb66[/bold] wrote: Really good idea announcing it, I expect people assumed they were on, now a boy racer free for all I assume. Idiots.[/p][/quote]It is a really good idea to announce it, people will have a disregard for the cameras and pay no attention to them then.... bam, switch them on and see the money start flowing in as people will still believe they are turned off until the fine hits the door mat... andyp71
  • Score: 1

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