40 sites to see CCTV enforcement across Greenwich with £37m income expected

A proposal has been drawn up to add 40 more sites to those using CCTV for enforcement of illegal driving manoeuvres across Greenwich.

The authority switched on cameras at 20 sites last year after a number of delays. A new report reveals plans for 40 other sites.

The report states that despite the switch on: “There are still a number of locations across the borough where motorists regularly contravene and ignore restrictions, such as ‘one way’, ‘no entry’ banned movements, or box junctions. Each of these endanger other motorists and pedestrians and can often mean that vehicles are using routes that are not intended, adding to congestion and pollution.

“In order to tackle these inconsiderate and unsafe vehicle movements the authority intends to roll out camera enforcement to a further approximately 40 sites during 2021. Implementation will be undertaken in two further batches of approximately 20 cameras per batch.”

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The cameras cannot be used against illegal parking in many instances (exceptions are bus lanes, outside schools and blocking dedicated cycle lanes) and all income can only be spent on transport, so it doesn’t plug funding gaps in other areas.

However, as this site has covered previously, Greenwich were using “general funds” to top up money given annually from TfL for street projects and maintenance. Most other London authorities used income from developers via Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy alongside parking income. Greenwich were at the foot of the list when it came to London Labour councils for doing so, and near the bottom of all councils in the capital. Using income from those sources could free up money from “general funds” for other areas of spending such as health and education.

The authority predicts this measure could raise more than £37 million over the next four years.

Sites for 40 cameras are not revealed, but one that is very likely is the junction beside Premier inn on Beresford Street in Woolwich. A banned right-turn is ignored by many, with cars driving towards pedestrians crossing on a green light outside the hotel. Years of signs have achieved little to stop the practice.

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4 thoughts on “40 sites to see CCTV enforcement across Greenwich with £37m income expected

  • February 1, 2021 at 8:55 pm
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    They’re also reneging on their promises abour CPZs which they said when we voted on them would be only raised in price to cover their operating costs.

    Now it is a rise of 15 percent plus, “a further percentage increase to help support vehicular behavioural change.”

    The daft thing is, it was their slowing down of the buses with all the LTNs and the like that made me get a car again after over three years without one!

    This is hitting the less well off.

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  • February 4, 2021 at 12:00 am
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    Get the cameras around the roundabout at the ferry,it’s a nightmare trying to get round it with the lorries blocking the road,and the police drive past and ignore it.you never see a traffic warden standing round there either,

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  • February 4, 2021 at 2:30 pm
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    Why don’t they take away the no right turn by the premier inn. It’s fucking stupid and just causes you to drive round in circles.

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  • February 26, 2021 at 10:44 am
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    “This is hitting the less well off.”

    No, it’s not. The ‘less well off’ are the c50% of households in the borough who *can’t afford a car*. Despite being less well off, those people have to subsidise (through their taxes) drivers’ petrol, road maintenance, parking, etc. etc.

    The buses are slow because they’re stuck in traffic. A massive proportion of that traffic is the increasing number of people taking short trips by car that they could *easily* make on foot, by bus (once lockdown is relaxed), by scooter, by bike…

    If raising CPZs encourages more of those people to just *walk* 10 mins to the shop instead of sitting in their car, it’ll be better for everyone – them, the people who live on their routes, the people who *have* to drive, the people taking the bus…

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