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A10 average speed camera update (Southbury Road junction – M25) brief.

There have been quite a few questions about the cameras, I have done to extra research and received a briefing. So here is a bit more detail.

(1) Securing the cameras. The community social media campaign was credited with being instrumental in getting the cameras.

(2) Fines. All the money is sent to split between the public services. The NHS is number 1 receiving 22%. So a £100 fine £22 goes to the NHS.

(3) Enforcement. Up to 53mph notice of £100 fine + offer of speed awareness course (if eligible). 53mph – 66mph notice of £100 + 3pts. Over 66mph straight court.

(4) Enforcement. Any false plates flag on the system.

(5) Camera deployment. There are five sets of linked cameras. So it is possible for people to pick up multiple fines during driving in one session.

(6) Guidelines. The cameras are set-up in line with the ACPO guidelines.

I hope that this brief is helpful and provides a bit more clarity on the operation and background to the cameras.

New A10 average speed camera campaign launched

The community of Edmonton and Enfield has had to endure the noise and pollution due to drivers speeding on the A10 – many using the road as a race track.

So I am launching a new petition for action; http://chng.it/9SGM8S5Bnw

We have seen some of the highest speeding offences across the Country on this road.

As part of our previous campaign TfL installed average speed cameras from Southbury Road junction to the M25. In just four months 21,000 speeding offences have been enforced.

Pictured right; The aftermath of a car losing control on the A10 and smashing into the front of three homes.

However, we now need delivery on the other half of the Enfield Borough A10 corridor as we have been calling for. Only coverage on the whole of the corridor will curb the speeding issues.

The current average speed cameras almost entirely miss out the Edmonton stretch of the road.

As part of Operation Vision Zero, the Traffic Police have done an incredible job to make this road safer. In addition the Police cannot be expected to patrol the road 24 hours a day.

The purpose of this petition is to underline how important this issue is to Enfield Borough residents and that we must see action from TfL and the Mayor of London.

Call for action on speeding on Firs Lane area

In the last two years your local Bush Hill Park Ward Conservative Councillors, Cllr Clare De Silva and myself have been pressing for action on speeding issues on Firs Lane, Halstead Road, Firs Park Avenue area and across the Ward.

Too many times cars are driven to excess and then, inevitably lose control and smash into residents parked cars.

We have, sadly seek delay after delay to tackle speeding on Firs Lane, whilst controversial schemes like in Fox Lane area are pushed forward.

Firs Lane residents have been very clearly calling for action for some time and we are now seeing speeding concerns being raised in Halstead Road, Firs Park Avenue and surrounding roads also.

The Labour run Enfield Council delivered a ‘Perception Survey for the Firs Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood’ in October 2019, which was published in March 2020. The majority of the area is located in Bush Hill Park Ward. One of the key findings in the survey was that 73% said they are a serious problem or a problem in their street.

In April 2020, all funding from Transport for London including for Quieter Neighbourhoods schemes was withdrawn owing to COVID-19. The Council were asked to apply for new funding through the ‘Streetspace’ project. The Council have submitted a number of bids.

This has resulted in a number of projects not being taken forward at this time, which includes the Firs Lane Area Quieter Neighbourhood. The Council are continuing to liaise with TfL and hope to secure further investment later in the year to enable more projects to be progressed.

We have also been liaising with the local Police about the speeding issues. They have put in place extra resource to monitor these roads. However, these roads will need permanent measures to reduce the incidents of dangerous speeding.

Going forward we will continue to press Enfield Borough Council for action. 

Campaign for A10 action secures key supporter

Conservative Mayoral Candidate joins call for Mayor to deliver on A10

Shaun Bailey, the Conservative Mayoral Candidate for London has joined the calls of local Enfield Borough Conservatives for the Mayor of London to deliver on the A10. Over the years Shaun Bailey has submitted questions to the Mayor on the issue as a GLA member. At the most recent Mayors Question Time, he submitted a question on why only half the A10 Enfield Borough stretch having cameras – the response was that was as TfL and the Mayor of London had only ever intended covering the northern section of the Borough.

Shaun Bailey said, “The Mayor of London is failing to keep residents safe in Enfield and Edmonton. The A10 is a hotspot for dangerous driving, and it’s putting residents’ lives at risk. It’s the Mayor’s job to protect Londoners and he should be cracking down on such reckless driving and supporting residents.

As Mayor, I’ll prioritise this project and deliver speed cameras along the A10. Residents have waited long enough for action.

Well done to Cllr Laban and Cllr Hockney for keeping up the pressure.”

I am very grateful to Shaun for adding his name to the campaign for action.

As I have written previously the A10 through Enfield and Edmonton has seen some of the worst speeding offences in England and was even mentioned in a No.10 press briefing. (Pictured right, being interviewed by BBC News on the issue).

Over the years the community has campaigned for action. As a result of these efforts has seen the Met Police Traffic Command implement ‘Operation Vision Zero’. This is a targeted Traffic Police operation to tackle dangerous and speeding driving – focusing on a few roads across London.

Twice TfL promised average speed cameras. The first time they failed to deliver, the second time they bowed to pressure from the Enfield Borough community, announcing they would install average speed cameras. However they only delivered on half the A10 – between the M25 and Southbury Road leaving the rest of the road up to the Great Cambridge Roundabout without average speed cameras.

Residents have had enough of the reckless and dangerous driving along the A10. The efforts of the Traffic Police have made a real difference. We have succeeded on campaigning for average speed cameras – but the Mayor and TfL have only half delivered – we will hold them to account to finish the job

Over the northbound bridge on the A10 saw one of the speed cameras removed. Local residents live in fear after a series of cars smashing into the front of their properties – and directly blame the removal of the enforcement camera. It is residents like this that the Mayor of London and TfL need to deliver for.

The issue has also been raised with the three local Members of Parliament, Enfield Council and the local GLA member.

As a local Councillor and resident I will continue to press for action until this issue is resolved – it is really great to have the support of Shaun Bailey for the campaign.

A10 – Mayor of London and TfL fail to deliver 

 The A10 through Enfield and Edmonton has seen some of the worst speeding offences in England and was even mentioned in a No.10 press briefing.

Over the years the community has campaigned for action. As a result of these efforts has seen the Met Police Traffic Command implement ‘Operation Vision Zero’. This is a targeted Traffic Police operation to tackle dangerous and speeding driving – focusing on a few roads across London.

Twice TfL promised average speed cameras. The first time they failed pulled out, the second time they bowed to pressure from the Enfield Borough community, announcing they would install average speed cameras. However, it has now emerged, that they have only installed cameras on half the A10 stretch – between Southbury Road junction and the M25, with nothing between the Great Cambridge Road roundabout and the Southbury Road roundabout.

When Councillor Hockney ran the Change.org petition the Mayor, in his response, promised a network of average speed cameras on the corridor. Whilst cameras have been installed, they only cover half the stretch of the A10, almost exclusively for Enfield and virtually leaving out Edmonton entirely.

Councillor James Hockney said, “Residents have had enough of the reckless and dangerous driving along the A10. The efforts of the Traffic Police have made a real difference. We have succeeded on campaigning for average speed cameras – but the Mayor and TfL have only half delivered in our view – we will hold them to account to finish the job. When the news originally broke, that they would install a network of average speed cameras along the corridor, I said I was over the moon, but as they have only half delivered, so I am only now over the crescent of the moon”.

Councillor Hockney went onto say, “Over the northbound bridge on the A10 saw one of the speed cameras removed. Local residents live in fear after a series of cars smashing into the front of their properties (pictured above) – and directly blame the removal of the enforcement camera. It is residents like this that the Mayor of London and TfL must listen to and act”.

The issue has been raised with the three local Members of Parliament, Enfield Council and the local GLA member.

This is an issue that we will continue to campaign on for the community.

 

Call for CPZ in Alberta Road

Residents in Alberta Road have been calling for a comprehensive CPZ on the whole road for many years.

Last year a number of resident got together a petition to Enfield Council calling for action.

This passed the threshold on whether or not the Council gives the proposal further consideration.

Each year there is a set budget with funding from TfL. Normally the next step would be to follow up with a consultation exercise. The consultation should have  commenced in April 2020.

However, the pandemic has sadly affected funding – as it relies on TfL bus and tube fare fees. This leaves uncertainty for many residents in Alberta Road.

I will continue to be in touch with the Council and look forward to the time we can progress this matter that so many Alberta Road residents want to see resolved.

Call for action on Bury St West / Bury Lodge Gardens road safety

Local residents and the Friends of Bury Lodge Park have been calling for action to address a traffic island which has seen many accidents.

The accidents seem to peak during the summer when the sun is low in the sky combined with many cars parking alongside Bury Lodge Park.

I have raised this issue many times with the Council on the need for action and requested site visits – all to no avail so far. This matter has been escalated to a senior Director.

Last weekend saw a spate of accidents including one car reportedly being written off. Many are rightly concerned that it is only a matter of time before someone is injured or worse.

A nearby traffic island (on the same road) has a lit lamppost and blue arrow sign, I have asked why the traffic island does not.

Additionally I asked the Council to clear-up the accident damage (glass/plastic) on the road, oil and repair the traffic island. Image result for blue road sign

Personally on one of the many site visits I have conducted, a car nearly lost car control right in front of me. It is a real concern that if matters are not resolved then we could see someone injured or worse.

Rest assured I will continue to press Enfield Council for action with the local community.

Further success for School Safety campaign

I am delighted that we now have a full time school crossing person at Waterbeach Primary School. For a number of years we have been without a crossing person, so this is great news. It also means that a further aim of the ‘Action for School Road Safety’ campaign has been achieved.

The Action for School Road safety key aims were;

(1) Recruit a Primary School crossing person ACHIEVED and put in place an actual crossing.
(2) Add the Primary School to a Safer Routes to School scheme.
(3) Return the Secondary School bus route (Landbeach to Cottenham) to the priority gritting route list. ACHIEVED
(4) Ensure parents concerns about the quality/standard of County Secondary School buses are addressed. ACHIEVED

20150902_095835The petition secured over 1,300 signatures on the paper and online petitions combined which shows the strong feeling on the issue. So it is fantastic that we are getting action step by step. Thank you to everyone that has supported the campaign.

 

Going before the decision makers at Shire Hall – ‘Action for School Road Safety’ campaign

20151103_173627Going before the decision makers at Shire Hall – ‘Action for School Road Safety’ campaign

Delighted to go before the Highways committee today at Cambridgeshire County Council. This was as a result of handing in the ‘Action for School Road Safety’ petition with over 1,300 signatures.

The campaign has received an incredible amount of community support, indeed in the 15 years I have been running community petitions, this was second only to the ‘No New Town’ petition campaign.

The four aims of the campaign are:lollipop3

(1) Recruit a Primary School crossing person and put in place an actual crossing. (2) Add the Primary School to a Safer Routes to School scheme. (3) Return the Secondary School bus route (Landbeach to Cottenham) to the priority gritting route list.  (4) Ensure parents concerns about the quality/standard of County Secondary School buses are addressed.Icy road Landbeach Cottenham

Already the Secondary School bus route has been returned to the priority gritting route and new buses and coaches replacing the old ones. This has also meant more transport with seat belts. I took these County Council issues on in addition to my District related workload because I appreciate the need for action.

We have ensured that the need for a crossing person is advertised with the County Council willing to provide this on a job-share basis. I have, with others, pressed the need for a crossing at the Parish Highways Committee and this is being considered in a forward plan of projects.

Thank you to everyone that has supported the campaign – together we have already had a number of key successes and must keep this going.

Next steps in ‘Action for School Road Safety’ campaign

lollipop3Update on the Waterbeach Ward ‘Action for School Road Safety’ campaign.

Thank you to the 1,330 people that have signed the petition. Residents who have not signed, there is still the online version on this website; www.jameshockney.com/action-for-school-road-safety/

Following the community success on the gritting of the Cottenham Village College bus route (Landbeach-Cottenham) we are now working with Cambridgeshire County Council to address the issue of the lack of a Primary School crossing person. We now have an up to date advert. This is being rolled out in poster format to local shops and the community noticeboards. I have e-mailed this advert for inclusion in the next Beach News. In addition to asking the Primary School Head Teacher to share the advert via the internal e-mail to parents and staff. Thank you to local resident Christine Taylor​ for helping with this.

The campaign has four aims. One has been achieved as mention and we are now working step by step to meet the other challenges remaining.