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Photo gallery: It’s farewell to one of Heacham’s least-loved landmarks as speed camera is removed

11:19 04 February 2014

The camera came under attack on a number of occasions.

The camera came under attack on a number of occasions.

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.

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A motorcyclist adds his contribution to the speed camera debateA motorcyclist adds his contribution to the speed camera debate

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 The camera was out of date and will therefore not be reused.”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.

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6 comments

  • Perhaps the EDP can look at the one on Beccles Road, by the Sun pub,. in Bradwell. There has only been one accident there and that was years ago. There is no justification for it to be there anymore. Now perhaps if they were to bring in parking wardens, especially on Mill Lane during the evening, at night and at weekends, they would have a field day with two certain cars.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Speed cameras only work in one direction.

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    Lord Elf

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • ".....it is kept there as a cash raising machine only...". They do raise cash for anyone....see report of RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister into the debunking of this much cherished myth.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Sorry BG. It is a two way camera, both coming in and going out. I believe it is kept there as a cash raising machine only.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • ".... They do NOT raise cash for anyone....." .ETC

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • @ V – The speed camera on Beecles Road, Bradwell only detects vehicles leaving the built up area, not those entering it, which is rather odd to say the least. 200 yards up the road and you are into the countryside. The camera is switched off at night to stop any flashes from the camera annoying local residents. The accident data for the camera was based on a number of minor shunts that occurred when there was a busy petrol station opposite the Sun Public house. The petrol station has long gone and has been replaced by a row of houses and business at the Sun PH is not what it used to be. Consequently we have less vehicle movements in the area of the speed camera and the case for retaining it seems rather flawed. Reappraisal of the Beccles Road site in my view is long overdue.

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    BG

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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