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Investment in CCTV in Kirkby

by Cathy Sheel

In response to concerns from residents, Knowsley Council is investing in Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) CCTV cameras on Shevingtons Lane and Headbolt Lane in Kirkby.

The roads are currently subject to a 7.5 tonnes weight limit restriction, which is not being adhered to with Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) using these roads regularly.

The weight restriction was introduced in 2000 to ensure the safety of other road users and in response to concerns regarding noise pollution and damage to property. Unfortunately, an increasing number of HGV vehicles accessing Simonswood and Williams Brothers Industrial Estates on Stopgate Lane and Pingwood Lane have been using both Shevington Lane (including Hall Lane) and Headbolt Lane for access purposes rather that the designated permitted route via Dale Lane and Perimeter Road.

Merseyside Police has the powers to enforce and prosecute drivers who fail to adhere to the weight restrictions. It is recognised that Merseyside Police is unable to be permanently located on Shevington and Headbolt Lane in order to enforce the restrictions, so following discussions with the Police, the Council has approved the installation of ANPR CCTV to identify vehicles that are using this route illegally.

ANPR will capture those driving illegally on Shevington Lane and Headbolt Lane and the evidence can then be shared with Merseyside Police for enforcement and prosecution.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said “We know that HGVs using these roads are a real concern for our communities. HGV drivers are flouting the law and it’s important that we take action to not only address the issue, but ensure it is a sustainable solution to the issue.

“The installation of CCTV will ensure the roads are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and those who are not adhering to the weight restriction can be identified and prosecuted.

“We will continue to listen to the concerns of our communities and take action wherever possible.”

Work has now commenced to commission the works and it is hoped the CCTV will be installed over the coming months.