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Whiston Town Council have purchased a mobile speed camera to be used in the area by local police Councillor David Williams Town mayor is pictured with Police Officer Geoff Dufton- Kelly at the hand over at Old Colliery Road, Whiston
Whiston Town Council have purchased a mobile speed camera to be used in the area by local police Councillor David Williams Town mayor is pictured with Police Officer Geoff Dufton- Kelly at the hand over at Old Colliery Road, Whiston
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DETERMINED councillors in Whiston have won a major battle in their war against speeding motorists.

Cash-strapped police told Whiston Town Council they had no funding to buy a mobile speed camera to target hotspots in the town.

Undeterred, the town council instead splashed out £2,000 of their own cash to buy the vital piece of equipment for Merseyside Police.

The camera was delivered to councillors in Whiston yesterday (Tuesday) and was handed over to traffic police chiefs.

Town council mayor David Williams said the decision to make the purchase was made after numerous complaints from residents about speeding motorists.

He said: “Speeding is one of the big issues that is raised at town meetings so we knew we had to do something about it.

“A mobile camera seemed the most effective way of tackling the problem.

“Now we have it, we will hand over totally to the police for them to use but they will only use it in Whiston.”

Residents and councillors have highlighted Windy Arbor Road as one of the main local hotspots for speeding.

“Drivers are coming off the M62 and driving as if they are still on the motorway,” said Coun Williams.

“This is an issue which really affects peoples’ lives and we are determined to do our bit.

“It’s been a long time coming. This idea first came up about 12 months ago when the police told us they couldn’t spend money on this.

“Once it is up and running and in regular use we’ll start putting updates on our website about when it has been used and any convictions that have come about because of its use so people can see that their money is being put to good use.”

l Have you been affected by speeding in Whiston? What else do you think should be done? Let us know your views by writing to Letters, Prescot Reporter, Bank House, Claughton Street, St Helens, WA10 1RL, or emailing sthelens.reporter@lep.co.uk

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