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Bath and North East Somerset vote NO on an elected mayor

Voters in Bath and North East Somerset have chosen not to have an elected mayor for the region.

It comes after more than 5% of the electorate signed a petition calling for the vote. In total the campaign has cost around £180,000.

The result means that the current system will remain in place. Bath and North East Somerset Council is led by a leader elected by councillors, with a team of senior cabinet members to help make decisions for the region.


Drivers say trees tricked them into speed camera fine

The camera has caught out nearly 1,000 drivers since February. Credit: ITV News

Angry drivers are claiming a council speed camera is catching out some motorists because it is obscured by trees.

The camera, at Saltford between Bristol and Bath, is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council, and police have penalised nearly 1,000 drivers in the first six weeks since it was switched back on in February.

Some feel a lack of visibility makes their £100 fine and three penalty points notice unjustified.

I don't think it's really fair. They should put their cameras in a wide area, in a clear area so people can really see it, if they're concerned about the safety of the public in that area.

– Adel Shahin, motorist
Credit: ITV News
Though clearly visible from the opposite side of the road, the camera is obscured by foliage as you leave Saltford - the side where it is active. Credit: ITV News

Bath and North East Somerset Council say it should be obvious that there is a speed camera in that location.

The camera is operated by Avon & Somerset Police who issue penalty notices to people exceeding the speed limit.

There is a speed camera warning sign and the camera is within a clearly-marked 30mph area; there are also clear markings on the road next to it.

We have received one complaint about the visibility of this camera and we are currently looking into this.

– Bath and North East Somerset Council

We'll be speaking to a lawyer on tonight's ITV News West Country to find out if unhappy drivers have a case. Tune in from 6pm.

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