Plans put on hold for speed cameras

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Plans to purchase mobile speed cameras for a dangerous stretch of road in Holywell Row have been put on hold.

A decision was taken by members of Beck Row, Holywell Row and Kenny Hill Parish Council at its full council meeting on Tuesday to defer making a commitment to purchasing the mobile speed cameras for a 30mph stretch of the C602 which runs through the village.

“It was decided that we need to look into the costs of the upkeep of the speed cameras before making a final decision. Hopefully a decision will be made at next month’s meeting,” said Gary Peachey, chairman of Beck Row, Holywell Row and Kenny Hill Parish Council.

“Although these cameras would only remind motorists of the speed they are doing I personally feel they should be put up as people race through that stretch of road and don’t treat it as a 30mph zone.”

While giving his backing to the mobile speed cameras which cost in the region of £2,700 per set, Cllr Peachey believes further action could be taken further down the stretch of road, which runs between Mildenhall and Lakenheath, to reduce the amount of accidents that take place on it.

“This stretch of road is one of the most dangerous in the area and there are quite a few accidents on it each year,” he said. “With nature of the road how it is reducing it down to a 50mph speed limit would be a start, but ideally it would be good to have it at 40mph, but that is unlikely to happen.

“Another thing that would be helpful is if the hedges and shrubs on the side of the road were cut back. Although signs for the bends on the road are in place, some can’t be seen because of the foliage.”