North East Herts MP Oliver Heald has welcomed the news that Police & Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has been able to fund a speed camera system for Barley. Oliver, together with County Councillor Fiona Hill and District Councillor Tony Hunter, have had a number of meetings with the Parish Council and PCC Lloyd pressing for an initiative.
Commenting, Sir Oliver said: ‘The village of Barley has suffered from speeding traffic for some time and I am delighted that the village now has this partnership and that the Road Safety Fund has been able to help. I pay tribute to the Police Commissioner, Barley Parish Council and local Councillors in getting this result. I hope this means that villagers will get some well needed rest from the speeders’.
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Commissioner funds speed camera for Barley
Dear Watch Member,
Barley Parish Council submitted a Road Safety Fund application following a history of speed related issues in and around their village including on the B1368 and B1039.
A Truvelo VIA-Cam will alternate between two locations with 30mph speed limits, and will be installed in the next few months. Drivers of excessively speeding vehicles will be sent advisory letters, with any persistent offenders receiving a personal visit from police officers. Data recorded by the cameras will also be used to enable additional targeted speed enforcement action.
Mr Lloyd said: “The aim of the Road Safety Fund is to change behaviour to make the roads safer. These cameras will remind drivers they are entering a residential area and encourage them to slow down. The letters which are sent out will educate drivers, rather that penalising them with fines.
The initiative is a partnership project between the Commissioner, Hertfordshire County Council and Barley Parish Council.
A spokesperson for Barley Parish Council said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Commissioner and HCC to pilot a new device to reduce speeding through the village and we look forward to a successful outcome.”
The funding will pay for the scheme for three years, after which Barley Parish Council will pay the ongoing cost of the camera.
The Road Safety Fund invites groups and organisations to apply for funding to help develop local solutions where a need has been identified.
The monies within the fund come from the surplus generated from motorists who have committed driving offences and been ordered to pay court costs following prosecution or wo have attended a speed awareness course. Over £1.4m has been awarded to over 70 projects since 2016. Further details can be found at www.hertscommissioner.org/road-safety-fund.