Councillor in call for action on speeding

A county councillor who has long campaigned on speeding has hit out at the authority's lack of influence in a road-safety partnership.

Sunday, 16th October 2016, 7:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 3:44 pm
Councillor Glen Sanderson on the A697

At a meeting of Northumberland County Council, Glen Sanderson raised the issue of the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative, a partnership of local councils and the police which deploys speed camera vans in the North East, and claimed that Northumberland does not carry enough clout.

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Cllr Sanderson said: “The county council contributes more than £100,000 a year of taxpayers’ money to this partnership. Its role is to bring about speed reduction and therefore safer roads. However, many of the most needy parts of the county are being ignored.

“Over the past six months, the A697, one of the UK’s worst rural A-class roads in terms of accidents has been almost ignored while honeypot sites which have absolutely no accident records are targeted,” he said.