Photo gallery: It’s farewell to one of Heacham’s least-loved landmarks as speed camera is removed
11:19 04 February 2014
It’s caught hundreds of speeding drivers, a motorcyclist performing an obscene gesture and even been set on fire for its troubles a few times.
Now the yellow peril that lurked beside the A149 near Lavender Junction, standing guard over the 40mph speed limit, has disappeared.
Norfolk County Council, which runs a safety camera partnership in conjunction with the police, said the camera had been removed because it was no longer needed.
“A complete set of traffic lights have been installed at the junction of the A149 and B1454 Lynn Road,” a spokesman said.
“For that reason it was no longer necessary to have a speed camera at the junction. The camera was out of date and will therefore not be reused.”
The lights were installed around 10 years ago. Prior to that, the camera was installed to slow down drivers approaching what was previously a crossroads on the busy coast road.
Figures supplied in response to freedom of information requests showed that in some years, the gizmo didn’t catch a single driver.
Speed cameras were dubbed roadside taxation machines by some, with activists resorting to torching the machines in some areas.
The Heacham camera was attacked on a number of occasions - once within days of being repaired. At one point, the shell was repainted, but it was not clear whether the device inside had been replaced.
Men with clipboards were spotted eying up the camera, which has been in position since the late 1990s.
Over the weekend, a crane briefly appeared. And then it was gone.