Burnham: Councillors want speed camera in town

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Burnham town mayor Helen Elliot with the speed indicator sign in Maldon Road Burnham town mayor Helen Elliot with the speed indicator sign in Maldon Road

Town councillors are looking into installing a speed camera in Burnham.

Councillor Jack Sheppard suggested at Thursday’s town council meeting that the speed indicator sign in Maldon Road did not have any effect.

He said: “I don’t think a sign actually works because we still get complaints about speeding. A yellow jacket works.

“There needs to be a punitive measure.”

Councillor Mrs Louise Pudney suggested installing a speed camera on the road and councillors decided to pursue the idea.

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2:29pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Opsiomath says...

HMmmm

YES .. Some people foolishly drive over the speed limit along Maldon Road

NO.. Surely there are more important places for genuine road safety initiatives around Burnham .. Places where people get injured and vehicles get bent

1/ Fiveways junction .. A nightmare for pedestrians, cars, motorbikes and cycles alike

2/ The Burnham Bends .. Cars/MotorBikes in ditches most months and HGVs driving on the wrong side of the road most days/nights

3/ Eves Corner .. Nasty bend/junction / careless drivers going far too fast


Suggestion to Mrs Elliott and Mrs Pudney - Focus action where there are serious problems today; when you've fixed them,get to secondary issues like Maldon Road and address them
HMmmm YES .. Some people foolishly drive over the speed limit along Maldon Road NO.. Surely there are more important places for genuine road safety initiatives around Burnham .. Places where people get injured and vehicles get bent 1/ Fiveways junction .. A nightmare for pedestrians, cars, motorbikes and cycles alike 2/ The Burnham Bends .. Cars/MotorBikes in ditches most months and HGVs driving on the wrong side of the road most days/nights 3/ Eves Corner .. Nasty bend/junction / careless drivers going far too fast Suggestion to Mrs Elliott and Mrs Pudney - Focus action where there are serious problems today; when you've fixed them,get to secondary issues like Maldon Road and address them Opsiomath
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7:06pm Mon 3 Dec 12

El Presendente says...

Do a few speeding motorists warrant a speed camera? No. Have there been any serious incidents (normal criteria) to warrant a speed camera? No. Will a camera on the Maldon Road stop motorists speeding in Station Road between Devonshire Road & Western Road? No.

If the council are so eager to stamp-out speeding, how about starting with the refuse collector drivers, who appear to use the town as a private race track on a Monday/Tuesday.

Furthermore does Ms Elliot propose to use council tax payers money to the tune of several thousands of pounds to pay/maintain the installation? Lastly who will benefit from any revenue raised? Burnham town council, Essex county council or indeed Essex police?
Do a few speeding motorists warrant a speed camera? No. Have there been any serious incidents (normal criteria) to warrant a speed camera? No. Will a camera on the Maldon Road stop motorists speeding in Station Road between Devonshire Road & Western Road? No. If the council are so eager to stamp-out speeding, how about starting with the refuse collector drivers, who appear to use the town as a private race track on a Monday/Tuesday. Furthermore does Ms Elliot propose to use council tax payers money to the tune of several thousands of pounds to pay/maintain the installation? Lastly who will benefit from any revenue raised? Burnham town council, Essex county council or indeed Essex police? El Presendente
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11:58pm Mon 3 Dec 12

younglocal says...

Agree, fiveways junction is definitely more dangerous than Maldon Road, if you put any money into traffic measures in town would be better. There was talk of making Crouch road and the road by the pub at fiveways a one way system, but that never happened. If the junction down to Springfield industrial estate is an issue, why don't you try installing a mini roundabout there so that everyone has to stop an give way to the right. Then everybody would have to slow for the junction. Seems to have worked for many councils, and wouldn't need as much management as a camera and less likely to be vandalised.
Agree, fiveways junction is definitely more dangerous than Maldon Road, if you put any money into traffic measures in town would be better. There was talk of making Crouch road and the road by the pub at fiveways a one way system, but that never happened. If the junction down to Springfield industrial estate is an issue, why don't you try installing a mini roundabout there so that everyone has to stop an give way to the right. Then everybody would have to slow for the junction. Seems to have worked for many councils, and wouldn't need as much management as a camera and less likely to be vandalised. younglocal
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2:22am Tue 4 Dec 12

There Abouts says...

The lady in the picture, Burnham town mayor Helen Elliot, looks pretty happy with the situation as it is.
The lady in the picture, Burnham town mayor Helen Elliot, looks pretty happy with the situation as it is. There Abouts
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8:49am Tue 4 Dec 12

DontForgetToBreathe says...

“There needs to be a punitive measure.”

Sums up the whole approach by anyone given the smallest amount of power.

Completely avoids constructively solving the issue, if there is one, by acting the big man.

Utterly pathetic posturing by these amateurs
“There needs to be a punitive measure.” Sums up the whole approach by anyone given the smallest amount of power. Completely avoids constructively solving the issue, if there is one, by acting the big man. Utterly pathetic posturing by these amateurs DontForgetToBreathe
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