Fed up residents make fake speed cam... from a kitchen cabinet

Antony Cull

Antony Cull

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THE death of a much-loved family cat hit by a car on a road used as a rat-run through Shrewton prompted a resident to take matters into his own hands – cobbling together a speed camera out of a kitchen cupboard.

Antony Cull got together with his neighbour Chris Fawcett to build a fake speed camera, which they put up along London Road.

Mr Cull’s eight-year-old cat Millie was hit by a car in London Road after having lived there for six-and-a-half years.

“She was part of the family and she was just left on the bank down there,” he said. “Our little girl was absolutely devastated.”

The dummy device was pulled down and burnt on Saturday, but the pair have built another one to replace it.

Residents said cars are slowing down as they approach the yellow box, but Wiltshire Council said it is on council land and wants it removed.

“The main thing is that it works,” said Mr Cull, who says the fake camera is on his land, not the council’s.

Cllr Ian West said: “We want action. That fake camera is action and it’s probably not what authorities want to see but it’s very effective and that’s what people are clearly for.”

A Wiltshire Council spokesman told the Journal: “The council has a robust |system for dealing with speeding issues raised by local |communities.

“Issues should be referred to the local community area board, who will work with the local community to examine what speed control measures are appropriate for that particular road.

“The considerations to deal with speeding issues will include the use of the volunteer speedwatch scheme, installation of speed indicator devices or other direct |measures.

“It is vital that any scheme introduced is effective and delivers the required result. The council would ask everyone to follow the approved procedure to ensure the best scheme is delivered to meet the community needs.”

A traffic survey monitoring vehicle movements on the A303 and through the surrounding villages started on Monday.

The monitoring exercise uses automatic number plate recognition technology to individually track the behaviour of motorists in the survey area.

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8:31am Thu 7 Aug 14

gingin says...

What a shame that these residents have become desperate enough so they resort to making some form of deterrent themselves, it also seems to work.

I totally sympathise with their predicament. Typical comments from WC spokesperson blah blah > I don't suppose this is the first issue the area has had with speeding problems!!
What a shame that these residents have become desperate enough so they resort to making some form of deterrent themselves, it also seems to work. I totally sympathise with their predicament. Typical comments from WC spokesperson blah blah > I don't suppose this is the first issue the area has had with speeding problems!! gingin
  • Score: 8

10:57am Fri 8 Aug 14

Amesbury Fanatic says...

Although sympathetic to the cause, you cannot just put law into own hands and put up your own 'speed camera'. Apparently it was tried in netheravon many years ago and they were told to remove it. If residents expect drivers to follow the road traffic laws then residents need to follow council planning rules(If you work on the basis that just because you own the land you can put up what you want then everyone will be building extensions etc illegally). Therefore if someone wants to put up a speed camera then the correct planning process should be followed. On this basis next time I get a letter because I am 1 mph above the speed limit down that road I will question the legitimacy of it. The real issue is the A303 and the inability of the MOT to stand up to English Heritage and dual the road then us locals can enjoy the safety of our great communities
Although sympathetic to the cause, you cannot just put law into own hands and put up your own 'speed camera'. Apparently it was tried in netheravon many years ago and they were told to remove it. If residents expect drivers to follow the road traffic laws then residents need to follow council planning rules(If you work on the basis that just because you own the land you can put up what you want then everyone will be building extensions etc illegally). Therefore if someone wants to put up a speed camera then the correct planning process should be followed. On this basis next time I get a letter because I am 1 mph above the speed limit down that road I will question the legitimacy of it. The real issue is the A303 and the inability of the MOT to stand up to English Heritage and dual the road then us locals can enjoy the safety of our great communities Amesbury Fanatic
  • Score: 2

12:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

jayrose says...

Amesbury Fanatic - it's not a real camera, so how are you going to get a ticket from it when you are "1 mph above the speed limit down that road" ?
Amesbury Fanatic - it's not a real camera, so how are you going to get a ticket from it when you are "1 mph above the speed limit down that road" ? jayrose
  • Score: 4

1:19pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Amesbury Fanatic says...

His neighbours borrow a speed gun as part of speedwatch and take photos of vehicles they dont like that are speeding. I know that because me and a colleague drove at same time and same speed and only I got a letter. except I was in a 4x4., granted I was slightly above limit my speedo said 31 the letter said 34. unfortunate as it is a false camera wont stop cats getting killed and wont stop traffic detouring the blocked A303 which is the real issue.
His neighbours borrow a speed gun as part of speedwatch and take photos of vehicles they dont like that are speeding. I know that because me and a colleague drove at same time and same speed and only I got a letter. except I was in a 4x4., granted I was slightly above limit my speedo said 31 the letter said 34. unfortunate as it is a false camera wont stop cats getting killed and wont stop traffic detouring the blocked A303 which is the real issue. Amesbury Fanatic
  • Score: -2

12:49pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Yet another example of Wiltshire Council not serving the taxpayers of Southern Wiltshire.
How many more does there need to be before 'they' will admit this Unitary Authority' experiment has not worked?
Yet another example of Wiltshire Council not serving the taxpayers of Southern Wiltshire. How many more does there need to be before 'they' will admit this Unitary Authority' experiment has not worked? Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 3

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