Calls for new speed cameras in Kings Langley

Watford Observer: Picture from stock Picture from stock

New speed indicators will be installed in Kings Langley if local councillors get their way over traffic calming measures.

Dacorum councillors Alan Anderson and Bob Mclean want the county council to focus on "prevention rather than intervention" and introduce more traffic calming measures along Hempstead Road.

Councillor Anderson said: "Their [Hertfordshire County Council] policy has always been that they need fatalities before they do anything. We’ve always argued that they ought to consider preventative action rather than intervention."

"I disagree with the policy, but I may be able to empathise with it, if they were actually consistent with it. For example, if cameras were only put where people have died. But that is not how the system works. There are lots of cameras in places where people haven’t died. So there are a lot of inconsistencies, whether they’re talking about intervention or prevention."

Kings Langley Parish Council announced at its annual meeting on Thursday, April 10 that it would be introducing a mobile speed indicator in the village.

The sign, which will alert drivers to the speed they are doing, will record the speed of motorists and The Watford Observer understands that the sign could be positioned on the Southbound Hempstead Road.

Other sites being looked at are: Watford Road, Chipperfield Road and Rucklers Lane - where speed gun operations are often carried out by the police.

However, the final decision on the positioning of the sign will be determined by Dacorum Community Safety Partnership and Hertfordshire County Council Highways.

The sign is expected to cost more than £3,000 and the bill is being split between Kings Langley Parish Council and Dacorum Community Safety Partnership.

PCSO Ian Martin from the Kings Langley and Hemel Hempstead South Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "We welcome the purchase of this mobile speed indicator device. It will complement and enhance the current work being undertaken in the village to reduce speed, and will allow data to be collected about the speeds people are driving for further analysis."

"We regularly conduct speed monitoring and speed reducing operations in the area as we know this is of concern to residents. I’d remind people to drive carefully when passing through and adhere to the 30mph speed limit."

Andrew Dawson from Hertfordshire County Council said: "We introduced a new speed management strategy in February, in partnership with the police, which increases the number of roads eligible for 20mph limits and zones. It also allows for the introduction of zonal rural speed limits, usually for 40mph, in areas where people already tend to drive at speeds in line with such a limit.

"It is clear that people are concerned about speeding traffic and this strategy will provide the framework for putting the appropriate limits in place in line with government guidance. If residents have concerns about speeding we would advise them to discuss these with the police and with their local county councillor."

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:16pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Sara says...

Dear Andrew Dawson, many residents have discussed their concerns about speed with this County Councillor. I have in turn been told that some people need to be killed or seriously injured before anything can be done.
Dear Andrew Dawson, many residents have discussed their concerns about speed with this County Councillor. I have in turn been told that some people need to be killed or seriously injured before anything can be done. Sara
  • Score: 0

1:38pm Mon 28 Apr 14

garston tony says...

I hope this new device has a positive impact but, and I hope i'm wrong, I cant help thinking that the type of people that would pay attention to this speed indicator are going to form a very small percentage of those that are speeding with the vast majority actively deciding to ignore the speed limit and therefore this new indicator also.
I hope this new device has a positive impact but, and I hope i'm wrong, I cant help thinking that the type of people that would pay attention to this speed indicator are going to form a very small percentage of those that are speeding with the vast majority actively deciding to ignore the speed limit and therefore this new indicator also. garston tony
  • Score: 2

2:23pm Mon 28 Apr 14

cameluk says...

Can we make sure the sign has a smiley face? It will be handy to calibrate my speedo with.

Those signs in Abbots Langley that just light up when you allegedly exceed 30 are useless, either not working or go off whenever they feel like it and don't inform you how little you exceeded the limit by

We don't need or want more fixed or mobile cameras, they just generate revenue
Can we make sure the sign has a smiley face? It will be handy to calibrate my speedo with. Those signs in Abbots Langley that just light up when you allegedly exceed 30 are useless, either not working or go off whenever they feel like it and don't inform you how little you exceeded the limit by We don't need or want more fixed or mobile cameras, they just generate revenue cameluk
  • Score: 1

3:10pm Mon 28 Apr 14

TRT says...

Try the ones in Salford that read out your actual speed...
Try the ones in Salford that read out your actual speed... TRT
  • Score: 0

8:02pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Nascot says...

garston tony wrote:
I hope this new device has a positive impact but, and I hope i'm wrong, I cant help thinking that the type of people that would pay attention to this speed indicator are going to form a very small percentage of those that are speeding with the vast majority actively deciding to ignore the speed limit and therefore this new indicator also.
You only have to stand by the one in Langley Road to see that it has no deterrent effect whatsoever. I'm surprised that the bulbs haven't burnt out, as it is activated by at least 2/3rds of the vehicles that go by. Buses included!
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: I hope this new device has a positive impact but, and I hope i'm wrong, I cant help thinking that the type of people that would pay attention to this speed indicator are going to form a very small percentage of those that are speeding with the vast majority actively deciding to ignore the speed limit and therefore this new indicator also.[/p][/quote]You only have to stand by the one in Langley Road to see that it has no deterrent effect whatsoever. I'm surprised that the bulbs haven't burnt out, as it is activated by at least 2/3rds of the vehicles that go by. Buses included! Nascot
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree