The area of Norbury on the right hand side of London Rd coming from Croydon is already a 20mph zone. The Council proposes to make the left hand side one as well.
The major concern most people have about 20mph zones is the apparent lack of enforcement. Along Norbury Crescent the speed cameras have not been working properly. Bryan Foreman, an engineer with the Council’s Highways Network Improvement Team has explained in an email (22 February) to a resident who has been pressing for repairs.
‘I’m really sorry for the lack of reply from myself unfortunately our speedvisor and ANPR data base had been hacked into so I have not been able to dial in to change the settings as we had to switch off the internet connection until this issue was resolved. As of Friday 17th Feb I am told the issue has now been resolved so I will make sure that the speedvisor settings are rectified today at some point.
I am sorry to hear about the continuing speeding and driver behaviour issues you raise on Norbury Crescent. However, the Council has no enforcement powers over moving vehicle offenses of this type and must rely on the Metropolitan Police to provide this service. To this end, I will ensure that the Metropolitan Police are advised of your concerns and request that they carry out additional enforcement, commensurate with their other duties. You may also wish to contact them directly over this matter.’
When the issue of enforcement was raised with him at the Croyodn Debating Club meeting last week, the new Borough Commander Jeff Boothe said that he would be discussing the matter at a meeting with Stuart King, the Cabinet member responsible for transport.
Bryan Foreman suggests:
‘Another option may be for Norbury Crescent to receive some monitoring under the ‘Road Watch’ project. This project uses local resident volunteers, supported by the Police Community Support Officers, to monitor traffic speeds using laser guns and electronic display signs. The information gathered by the teams is then passed on to the Metropolitan Police, to target regular offenders for speed enforcement. The day-to-day management of ‘Road Watch’ is carried out by the Metropolitan Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams and they can be contacted on their email address firstname.lastname@example.org For further information on the Safer Neighbourhood teams, please see their web site at:- http://www.met.police.uk/teams/croydon/index.php’