FURY has greeted revelations that Dorset’s most controversial speed camera is poised to generate more than £1m in its first year of operation.

The speed on green device on Holes Bay Road, Poole, has been dubbed “greed on green” by angry campaigners.

The camera caught more than 7,000 drivers exceeding the 30mph limit in its first four months, raking in £108,000 a month Previously a device intended only to catch motorists jumping red lights, it was altered last year to also snap those speeding through green lights.

Dorset Police said focusing on one site gave a “skewed” view of their road safety policy and the site would continue to be enforced until drivers slowed down.

But Ian Belchamber, from motoring campaign website Dorset Speed, branded the amount generated by the money-spinning camera “a complete disgrace”.

“There is no justification whatsoever for such a low speed limit or extreme enforcement,” he said. “Treating responsible drivers like naughty children, while ignoring dangerous drivers who cause carnage, isn’t something a civilised society should be comfortable with.”

Dorset Speed Camera Partnership figures show there has been just one serious accident at the Holes Bay site since 1999.

Pat Garrett, Dorset Police’s head of safety, education and enforcement services, said the camera was not about casualty reduction but installed because of community concerns.

He added that an independent survey showed 90 per cent of people were supportive of the aims of speed cameras.

At the current rate, the Holes Bay speed on green device could spawn almost £1.5m by the end of the year.

David Mallinson, one of the thousands caught by the camera, said: “I am astonished.

“It has been done purely to generate revenue.”

Money generated by fines goes straight to the Treasury, which reinvests most of the money in road safety schemes.

More than 3.6m vehicle movements have passed through the Holes Bay junction in the time the speed on camera has operated.

The number of tickets generated when the camera was purely for catching red-light jumpers in 2008-09 was just 330.