COUNCIL chiefs have revealed that the installation of a camera monitoring system along an historic bridge has been delayed.
Bosses at Derbyshire County Council confirmed that talks were currently taking place between its legal department and the Department of Transport over the camera system which was set to be put in place at both ends of Swarkestone Bridge.
It was also revealed that the authority was working with Derbyshire Police to continue enforcement checks on drivers thought to be flouting the weight restriction on the bridge.
Paul Jameson, county council forum liaison officer, said: “Council trading standards officers continue to carry out enforcement checks of the causeway, often in partnership with the police.
“Capital funds have been made available to install a camera monitoring system which will allow for remote enforcement of the weight restriction.
“Currently advice is being sought from our legal department and the Department of Transport with regard to the back office element of the system.
“We cannot progress with the introduction of the system until these issues are resolved.”
The causeway is classed as an ancient monument and is the subject of a 7.5-tonne weight limit to preserve its structure.
Details of the camera proposals were first released in July last year.
A spokesman for authority said: “We received queries whether there were any plans for the re-introduction of a camera enforcement system to counter unauthorised lorries accessing the causeway and many felt that a more robust system was needed as the last one was vandalised.
“HGVs with a maximum gross weight above the restriction limit are prohibited from travelling along those roads.
“We can issue written ‘first-time’ warnings to operators and/or drivers found breaking restrictions.
“We encourage residents to report any issues they may have via our website.”
To report a vehicle flouting weight restrictions, visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk
Derbyshire county councillor Linda Chilton recently said the causeway was ‘not fit for purpose in the 21st century’ as it was regularly swamped with traffic.