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‘Speed cameras aren’t the way’

PARTIES clashed over plans to switch-off Solihull’s speed cameras at this week’s Full Council meeting.

PARTIES clashed over plans to switch-off Solihull’s speed cameras at this week’s Full Council meeting.

Labour’s David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport, warned that losing them would endanger lives.

He called for the council to lobby MPs to try and get the funding back from Government to keep cameras running.

But his motion was blocked by the Conservative group - who argued that a solution needed to be found locally.

The Tories’ former transport chief Ted Richards blamed the need to make cuts on the previous Labour government.

Speaking after the meeting, Coun Jamieson said he was frustrated that the Lib-Lab group had lost.

“It’s disappointing because I wasn’t asking for us to go to the Government with a begging bowl,” he said.

“All we want as a council is to be able to keep money from the fines, which would allow cameras to continue.”

In a heated exchange, on Tuesday evening - the parties locked horns over how effective cameras were and who was to blame for funding being cut.

Coun Norman Davies (Lib Dem, Olton) admitted to being caught on camera four times - but said the system worked.

“I can’t believe all of the Tories are members of the Jeremy Clarkson Supporters’ Club.”

Tory councillor Joe Tildesley (St Alphege) said: “For many years I was a road traffic policeman and it seemed there wasn’t a day that went by when I wasn’t called to a fatal accident.

“Times have changed and it’s time we moved on from speed cameras.”

Conservative leader Ken Meeson added that it was a “futile gesture” to take the matter to the Government.

* Speed cameras across Solihull are due to be switched-off by April 1.

 

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