INSTALLATION UPDATE - Herts County Council (HCC) have suggested that the most appropriate/quickest course of action to help reduce speeding is to get ViaCam devices installed on existing lampposts/footprints on London Road.
The other option would be to find two new locations for installation of additional street furniture. This would come with various other requirements including permissions from the Secretary of State/planning permissions (even on land owned by other parties).
In November 2021, HCC commissioned an assessment of existing lampposts by their contractor Ringway in the hope that the devices can simply be attached to two lampposts and wired into existing power supply. If this can be done it means the devices can be installed relatively soon – most likely within a matter of months. There would then be a period of testing by the supplier and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to ensure they are working as required. This shouldn’t last more than a month and even whilst they are being tested, drivers are likely be more careful as the cameras will be very visible to them.
If the existing lampposts cannot be used due to weight requirements or power supply issues, then funds have been earmarked to replace two existing lampposts with new heavy-duty ones that can facilitate the devices. This option would slow things down a bit to allow for removal/replacement of two existing lampposts, but HCC are ready to schedule the works should this be required. Results of the existing lamppost assessment from HCC colleagues will be required before the planning of the next phase of works.
OPCC have almost completed all required information sharing agreements and data protection assessments meaning that they can start processing offender data and sending out advisory letters as soon as the devices are installed.
In the interim period and order to provide some speed monitoring in Hertford Heath the new PCC Road Safety Camera Van will be deployed at other locations in the village.