Health and safety scuppers installation of cameras to nab boy racers

Echo: Frustrated – councillor Ray Howard, chairman of Castle Point local highways panel, said the boy racers, inset, came to Canvey from miles around Frustrated – councillor Ray Howard, chairman of Castle Point local highways panel, said the boy racers, inset, came to Canvey from miles around

RECKLESS racers returned to cause havoc on Canvey’s streets while the CCTV cameras bought to catch them sat in storage.

Scores of cruisers descended on Roscommon Way over the weekend to race down the new £18million road in their soupedup cars.

The event prompted residents to contact the police after being kept awake all night by their noise.

Last month, Essex County Council and Castle Point Council announced they would be spending £5,000 to install two CCTV cameras.

But red tape means they can’t go up until health and safety checks have been carried out.

George Whatley, of Limburg Road, Canvey, called the police.

He said: “The boy racers came out in full force at the weekend, despite promises from the authorities that this is under control.

“The cameras are all ready and waiting, but they can’t go up as the council wants to do health and safety assessments to see if the street lights can take the weight of them.

“It’s ridiculous – they’re not heavy at all.

“People are going to get fed up and start taking things into their own hands. It’s bureaucracy gone mad.”

If the cameras don’t pass the safety checks, the county council could have to fork out extra cash for new poles to put them on, meaning the project could cost £20,500.

The safety checks were requested by the Castle Point local highways panel.

Canvey county councillor Ray Howard, who chairs the panel, is frustrated by the bureaucracy.

Mr Howard said: “The racers came from miles around and the manager of Morrisons couldn’t close the gates of the car park.

This is unacceptable behaviour.

“What’s frustrating is we have got the money for the cameras, and purchased them, and then they dither over whether we can put them on the lamp posts or not.

“It’s ludicrous we have to go through all these obstacles to get anything done.

“Now they’re talking about having to buy two support poles, which cost more money than the cameras themselves. This is health and safety gone out of control.”

Essex Police confirmed they were called at 9.45pm on Friday by Morrisons.

A spokesman said: “About 50 racers were using the car park and nearby roads for cruising.

“Police also received calls from other people reporting noise nuisance from car exhausts and engines.

“A police car attended the scene and the driver of one car was reported for a motoring offence. However, once police were on the scene, no other offences were reported.”

Police say they are monitoring the road and patrol the area regularly.

Castle Point Council said Essex County Council will be carrying out tests to see if the cameras can be fixed to the lights.

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7:48am Wed 12 Feb 14

joe2345 says...

How is CCTV going to stop them if people are phoning the police and nothing is being done? I can tell you when they are there because they can be heard from the middle of the island. In fact, I heard the racing last night.

Also, note that this has been going on for years, before the roscommon way extension built.
How is CCTV going to stop them if people are phoning the police and nothing is being done? I can tell you when they are there because they can be heard from the middle of the island. In fact, I heard the racing last night. Also, note that this has been going on for years, before the roscommon way extension built. joe2345
  • Score: 9

11:40am Wed 12 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Never mind about the reckless racers .. sort out the muggers, burglars, car thieves, and the ones that commit armed robbery ...
Never mind about the reckless racers .. sort out the muggers, burglars, car thieves, and the ones that commit armed robbery ... InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 8

12:58pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
Never mind about the reckless racers .. sort out the muggers, burglars, car thieves, and the ones that commit armed robbery ...
I agree
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Never mind about the reckless racers .. sort out the muggers, burglars, car thieves, and the ones that commit armed robbery ...[/p][/quote]I agree Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

1:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

so do I....... a set of ear plugs would solve this problem
so do I....... a set of ear plugs would solve this problem pembury53
  • Score: 7

2:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

The people of Canvey are entitled, as taxpayers, to peace and quiet from these idiots.

Yes burglary, robbery and other crimes are more serious but it's the lack of respect of these little scrotes, for the peace of other people that gets me.

And if they disrespect others this much who knows what they'll do next.

All those above trying to downgrade this problem have obviously never experienced this menace. So because it doesn't affect you, stuff everybody else eh?

Usual charitable attitude.

We get them in Rayleigh and they're a bl**dy nuisance. What we need in this country is stronger policing and tougher action taken on halfwits who are hell bent on destroying things for everybody else.

Always makes me laugh on this website that anybody who is a threat to society and to the peace of others is regarded as some sort of hero or downgraded.. and real nuisances are almost hailed as heroes.

God , we even have a resident self confessed shoplifter/thief. Maybe it IS just a wind up but wind up or not it shows the stupidity of some people round here.

Stick up for the rights of the law abiding majority and you are immediately a target.

What the hell is wrong with folk nowadays.

Don't bother to answer: most of the time I don't bother to read them.
The people of Canvey are entitled, as taxpayers, to peace and quiet from these idiots. Yes burglary, robbery and other crimes are more serious but it's the lack of respect of these little scrotes, for the peace of other people that gets me. And if they disrespect others this much who knows what they'll do next. All those above trying to downgrade this problem have obviously never experienced this menace. So because it doesn't affect you, stuff everybody else eh? Usual charitable attitude. We get them in Rayleigh and they're a bl**dy nuisance. What we need in this country is stronger policing and tougher action taken on halfwits who are hell bent on destroying things for everybody else. Always makes me laugh on this website that anybody who is a threat to society and to the peace of others is regarded as some sort of hero or downgraded.. and real nuisances are almost hailed as heroes. God , we even have a resident self confessed shoplifter/thief. Maybe it IS just a wind up but wind up or not it shows the stupidity of some people round here. Stick up for the rights of the law abiding majority and you are immediately a target. What the hell is wrong with folk nowadays. Don't bother to answer: most of the time I don't bother to read them. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

2:35pm Wed 12 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Get the stingers and house bricks down there, they'll get tired of replacing their alloys wheels...
Get the stingers and house bricks down there, they'll get tired of replacing their alloys wheels... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -1

2:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

the25man says...

Well Kim Gandy I agree whole heartedly with you on this comment and I'm glad you didn't bring politics into it.
Well Kim Gandy I agree whole heartedly with you on this comment and I'm glad you didn't bring politics into it. the25man
  • Score: -1

2:52pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Nebs says...

Not to worry, it will all stop on 20th March, the first day of spring, as the Police have a cunning plan.

http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/10801242
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POLICE say they have a cunning plan to deter boy racers on Canvey, but the details are being kept top secret. Essex Police say new tactics will be used to tackle troublesome drivers in Roscommon Way, which residents claim has turned into a rat run. But they will not be used until spring, which is when the number of cruisers tend to rise.
Not to worry, it will all stop on 20th March, the first day of spring, as the Police have a cunning plan. http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10801242 .Our____secret____pl ans_to_curb_boy_race rs/ POLICE say they have a cunning plan to deter boy racers on Canvey, but the details are being kept top secret. Essex Police say new tactics will be used to tackle troublesome drivers in Roscommon Way, which residents claim has turned into a rat run. But they will not be used until spring, which is when the number of cruisers tend to rise. Nebs
  • Score: 2

5:03pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GTA Essex says...

Even though this is a public road, it is a good place I think for these boy racers to go. It's basically been designed like a race track. Bearing in mind Canvey has always been a hotspot for boy racers over the years, what the heck did they expect when they decided to build this? That some old grannies were going to race their electrical wheelchairs up and down it, or some kids were going to race trolleys on it from the near by Morrisons? I agree with others, leave them to it. Concentrate on serious crimes that is happening of late alot. Burglaries is all we ever read about on here now.
Even though this is a public road, it is a good place I think for these boy racers to go. It's basically been designed like a race track. Bearing in mind Canvey has always been a hotspot for boy racers over the years, what the heck did they expect when they decided to build this? That some old grannies were going to race their electrical wheelchairs up and down it, or some kids were going to race trolleys on it from the near by Morrisons? I agree with others, leave them to it. Concentrate on serious crimes that is happening of late alot. Burglaries is all we ever read about on here now. GTA Essex
  • Score: 3

8:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

GTA Essex wrote:
Even though this is a public road, it is a good place I think for these boy racers to go. It's basically been designed like a race track. Bearing in mind Canvey has always been a hotspot for boy racers over the years, what the heck did they expect when they decided to build this? That some old grannies were going to race their electrical wheelchairs up and down it, or some kids were going to race trolleys on it from the near by Morrisons? I agree with others, leave them to it. Concentrate on serious crimes that is happening of late alot. Burglaries is all we ever read about on here now.
The flip side is it's non-residential, it's off the mainland, and Canvey has always been anti-police
[quote][p][bold]GTA Essex[/bold] wrote: Even though this is a public road, it is a good place I think for these boy racers to go. It's basically been designed like a race track. Bearing in mind Canvey has always been a hotspot for boy racers over the years, what the heck did they expect when they decided to build this? That some old grannies were going to race their electrical wheelchairs up and down it, or some kids were going to race trolleys on it from the near by Morrisons? I agree with others, leave them to it. Concentrate on serious crimes that is happening of late alot. Burglaries is all we ever read about on here now.[/p][/quote]The flip side is it's non-residential, it's off the mainland, and Canvey has always been anti-police You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -1

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