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Funding seems to be on the horizon to provide a new speed camera in Grotton, with a much-delayed decision by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority finally being taken to provide funding for cameras across the region. 

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Alicia Marland has been pursuing the authority for over two years to get the speed camera in Grotton replaced. After hearing the news, she immediately contacted the officers responsible to find out when this will help deliver a new camera.

Alicia said: “For many years the frequency of speeding vehicles on Oldham Road have been a great concern so local residents and I wanted to challenge why we had a camera but it wasn’t in use. So, after my daughter was nearly knocked over by a speeding driver whilst using the pedestrian crossing, I began my communication with the GMCA to challenge why the camera was not maintained.

Alicia Marland

“This situation only got worse after lockdown.  it became very noticeable that there were a group of people who were using some of our streets, particularly late at night, as though they were a racetrack. Not only was it a problem on the main roads, but on several of the surrounding lanes.

“As well as the obvious safety risks, it has kept people up at night, hearing these car engines or motorbikes revving ridiculously.”

A date has yet to be set for a new camera, but Alicia is at least hopeful that this is a step in the right direction.

“I have lost track of the number of times I have written to the Greater Manchester Authority about this camera, and I’m sure they are sick of the sight of emails from me. But this is apparently what it takes to get things done, so I’m going to keep on badgering them until we get the safety measures we should have.”

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