BRIDGEND: 8 out of 10 speed cameras in Bridgend county borough are not working
The majority of speed cameras in Bridgend county borough are currently not working for reasons including technological issues.
Just two out of 10 speed cameras in the area are in operation but some members of Bridgend County Council (BCBC) do not want to reveal the locations where they are defunct.
Richard Young, cabinet member for communities, said he is “a little bit reluctant” to name the cameras which are not working because there is a “deterrent value” in the presence of the cameras alone.
He said some of the cameras are not working because of “the age of the cameras and the technology” but the council is “working around” the issue.
“There are ongoing negotiations in actual fact to make sure that a number of these cameras can come back into beneficial use.”
Matthew Voisey, Conservative representative for Oldcastle, revealed the majority of speed cameras that are not currently working during a council meeting held on Wednesday January 20.
Cllr Voisey submitted a written question to the council which read: “Only two out of ten speed and red-light cameras are working in the county borough.
“How can this level of defects be allowed, and tolerated, and what is the Cabinet Member going to do about it?”
During the meeting Cllr Voisey asked the council to provide a timetable of when each of the cameras will be working again.
He also asked if the speed cameras outside South Wales Police Headquarters at the junction of Cowbridge Road and York Road could be “first on the list”.
Cllr Young said: “I would say to the people that are out there – please don’t take a chance and think that these cameras are not working because you don’t know which ones are and which aren’t.
“But I do take the point that they should be working and we are making efforts to bring them back into beneficial use.”
Deputy mayor of BCBC and Brackla representative Cllr John Spanswick said: “I think we can all accept that cameras are a deterrent and save lives whether they’re working or not.
“The fact there’s a camera there and you don’t know whether you’re going to get flashed is a deterrent.”
The Labour councillor said Cllr Voisey’s question at the meeting may have been “irresponsible”as it “could even cost lives of adults and children who are now going to take less notice of speed cameras out there.”
“Surely there are other ways this question could’ve been asked without making it public and without being so irresponsible,” he added.
Cllr Young said “every councillor in the county borough chamber has the right to table questions” and Cllr Voisey’s was “deserving of an answer”.
“But you’re right,” he told Cllr Spanswick. “That’s really the reason why I am reluctant to provide information as to the location of the cameras that we feel are not working.
“I would prefer it if it was left in the domain that we will continue to try and rectify the situation of the cameras and I am quite confident that a number of these will be brought back into service in the near future if not all of them.”
Words: Hannah Neary, Local Democracy Reporter
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