MOTORISTS caught speeding by an Arrive Alive van in a Wrexham village have launched a campaign to have the camera relocated.
As the Mail went to press, concerned motorists were due to meet with Arrive Alive officers and council chiefs to voice their outrage at the siting of the speed van on Mold Road which runs through Gwersyllt.
The van is normally located next to the Parkwall Service Station, and has caught many Wrexham-bound motorists speeding as they travel from the 60mph dual carriageway into the 30mph zone.
But Esclusham councillor Malcolm Hughes says the siting of the camera is simply a 'money-making' exercise and helped organise the meeting in the hope of thrashing out a deal with Arrive Alive to move the van.
He believes the camera should instead be placed between The Wheatsheaf pub and the pedestrian crossing.
Cllr Hughes's call has been backed by Gwersyllt resident Bill Ross, 54, who said: 'I'd been driving for 30 years without getting a speeding ticket until I was caught by the speed van in Gwersyllt last year.
'I was caught doing 34mph in the 30mph zone as I tried to slow down coming off the dual carriageway.
'It's a farce. I can understand putting a speed camera inside the 30mph zone next to the school crossing, because that's a more dangerous spot and it would be awful if any children were hurt by speeding motorists.
'But I see no need for the van to be where it is now. There are never any pedestrians attempting to cross the road where the camera is located because it stretches across four lanes and there is a subway which people can use. The danger is minimal.
'It's a ridiculous situation and it needs to be moved immediately.'
Cllr Hughes added: 'I have said before that some cameras are just a money-making device, and I believe this one is. I'm not against speed cameras, but it could be more effective if it's placed before drivers come to the crossing as they travel towards Mold.'
But Gwersyllt East and South Councillor Ted Hughes said the stretch of road was hazardous and most residents were behind the siting of the van.
He said: 'The public here support the Arrive Alive campaign as the road is dangerous. Arrive Alive are experts and we should listen to them. The cameras should be installed where the police decide, and they themselves choose where to monitor the speed of traffic.'
Arrive Alive's Beth Mitcheson also refuted claims the speed cameras were used primarily to generate revenue for the police, and said there were various reasons why the stretch of road was targeted, including previous road injuries.
In November of last year, it was revealed the speed cameras outside The Racecourse football ground on Mold Road was the most lucrative in North Wales, catching more than 4,000 speeders in 10 months and raising £260,000 in fines.