Red light for Canvey drag racers as CCTV cameras are installed

Southend Standard: Councillor Ray Howard is very pleased with the news Councillor Ray Howard is very pleased with the news

THE green light has gone out on street racing in Canvey after CCTV cameras were installed to end residents’ misery.

The security cameras will be installed in Roscommon Way, which has been used as a race track, to prevent the high-speed ‘cruises’ from taking place after dark.

Essex County Council announced yesterday two cameras will be installed on the road in due course.

It comes after Sgt Mark McQuade, of Castle Point neighbourhood policing team, said a permanent solution was needed to make the road less attractive to “racing enthusiasts”.

The cameras, which will cost £5,000 to install, will be match funded by Essex County Council and Castle Point Borough Council.

Councillor Ray Howard, ward councillor for Canvey Island West, has been working with the residents of Haven Road, in Canvey, about the anti-social behaviour caused by the vehicles.

He said: “I am really pleased.

“These cameras will help to deter those that are using Roscommon Way as a racetrack, this is not only worrying for those that live nearby but it also highly dangerous and against the law.

“The installation of these cameras is also a great example of partnership working amongst the two Councils, the Local Highways Panel and Essex Police to support those in the community.”

Police have had to introduce extra patrols to stop ‘cruises’ taking place.

There were concerns the amount of ‘boy racers’ using the road had increased after 80 racers were fined for speeding offences in October near Lakeside Retail Park.

Essex County Council decided, along with the Local Highways Panel, Essex Police and the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership, the installation of CCTV cameras was the cheapest solution.

Councillor Rodney Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation said: “Although not a comprehensive cure to this issue, it will be deterrent to those who wish to flout the law by driving dangerously.”

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6:52am Mon 13 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

And who's going to monitor them?
And who's going to monitor them? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 1

7:31am Mon 13 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

a 20/30mph speed restriction and average cameras...collect some fines in the process and pay for the cameras, that will be some drag race @ 20mph....failing that confiscate vehicles and heavy fines for the perps they would soon get the message.

besides the headline is all wrong.....the cameras have only just been passed and will be erected in due course, could be months yet.
a 20/30mph speed restriction and average cameras...collect some fines in the process and pay for the cameras, that will be some drag race @ 20mph....failing that confiscate vehicles and heavy fines for the perps they would soon get the message. besides the headline is all wrong.....the cameras have only just been passed and will be erected in due course, could be months yet. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

8:10am Mon 13 Jan 14

Cwizard says...

I'm not quite sure who these residents are as Roscommon way has no housing on it or in fact in close proximity.

From what I can see it has only fields, industrial units and Morrisons nearby, you can hardly call these residents that have been affected. If anything Morrisons will be making money along with McDonalds.
I'm not quite sure who these residents are as Roscommon way has no housing on it or in fact in close proximity. From what I can see it has only fields, industrial units and Morrisons nearby, you can hardly call these residents that have been affected. If anything Morrisons will be making money along with McDonalds. Cwizard
  • Score: 7

8:18am Mon 13 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

A few dozen house bricks scattered in the road make a good deterrent
A few dozen house bricks scattered in the road make a good deterrent LastLaugh2
  • Score: 0

8:57am Mon 13 Jan 14

Russ13 says...

On their own these cameras aren't going to be much use.

The drivers that come to the area could easily disguise/hide their number plates making identification/prose
cution impossible.

From previous stories on here it would seem the police have washed their hands of it saying it's the road that needs to be looked at, not quite sure how that works 'cos the M25 would make a superb high-speed racetrack and I'm sure the police would be more than active in pursuing anyone racing on it.
On their own these cameras aren't going to be much use. The drivers that come to the area could easily disguise/hide their number plates making identification/prose cution impossible. From previous stories on here it would seem the police have washed their hands of it saying it's the road that needs to be looked at, not quite sure how that works 'cos the M25 would make a superb high-speed racetrack and I'm sure the police would be more than active in pursuing anyone racing on it. Russ13
  • Score: 4

9:04am Mon 13 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

Russ13 wrote:
On their own these cameras aren't going to be much use.

The drivers that come to the area could easily disguise/hide their number plates making identification/prose

cution impossible.

From previous stories on here it would seem the police have washed their hands of it saying it's the road that needs to be looked at, not quite sure how that works 'cos the M25 would make a superb high-speed racetrack and I'm sure the police would be more than active in pursuing anyone racing on it.
Yes they would, however this road on Canvey is a dead end, a road to know where, void of houses
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: On their own these cameras aren't going to be much use. The drivers that come to the area could easily disguise/hide their number plates making identification/prose cution impossible. From previous stories on here it would seem the police have washed their hands of it saying it's the road that needs to be looked at, not quite sure how that works 'cos the M25 would make a superb high-speed racetrack and I'm sure the police would be more than active in pursuing anyone racing on it.[/p][/quote]Yes they would, however this road on Canvey is a dead end, a road to know where, void of houses LastLaugh2
  • Score: 1

10:21am Mon 13 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

can't see it working........ one airgun, no more CCTV
can't see it working........ one airgun, no more CCTV pembury53
  • Score: 4

11:14am Mon 13 Jan 14

Chairman Meow says...

Complete waste of money as the existing CCTV cameras in the area aren't monitored, nor do police bother to check the footage, so it's possible it's not even recorded. The racers also use the roads nearby which do have cameras already and nothing is ever done, clearly they realise these highly expensive cameras might just as well be dummy cameras.

A better, more useful story for the Echo is, why aren't the existing cameras being used? If no funding is available for operators, then why isn't existing recorded footage being reviewed?
Complete waste of money as the existing CCTV cameras in the area aren't monitored, nor do police bother to check the footage, so it's possible it's not even recorded. The racers also use the roads nearby which do have cameras already and nothing is ever done, clearly they realise these highly expensive cameras might just as well be dummy cameras. A better, more useful story for the Echo is, why aren't the existing cameras being used? If no funding is available for operators, then why isn't existing recorded footage being reviewed? Chairman Meow
  • Score: 7

12:12pm Mon 13 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

LastLaugh2 wrote:
Russ13 wrote: On their own these cameras aren't going to be much use. The drivers that come to the area could easily disguise/hide their number plates making identification/prose cution impossible. From previous stories on here it would seem the police have washed their hands of it saying it's the road that needs to be looked at, not quite sure how that works 'cos the M25 would make a superb high-speed racetrack and I'm sure the police would be more than active in pursuing anyone racing on it.
Yes they would, however this road on Canvey is a dead end, a road to know where, void of houses
since the road is a dead end and void of any houses, why not just leave them to it ? we used to race bikes down there years ago....... it was known as 'canvey pod' back then and even had a burger van cashing in on occaision..... some bloke used to turn up with a nitrous oxide kit on a Z1000..... it was awesome !
[quote][p][bold]LastLaugh2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: On their own these cameras aren't going to be much use. The drivers that come to the area could easily disguise/hide their number plates making identification/prose cution impossible. From previous stories on here it would seem the police have washed their hands of it saying it's the road that needs to be looked at, not quite sure how that works 'cos the M25 would make a superb high-speed racetrack and I'm sure the police would be more than active in pursuing anyone racing on it.[/p][/quote]Yes they would, however this road on Canvey is a dead end, a road to know where, void of houses[/p][/quote]since the road is a dead end and void of any houses, why not just leave them to it ? we used to race bikes down there years ago....... it was known as 'canvey pod' back then and even had a burger van cashing in on occaision..... some bloke used to turn up with a nitrous oxide kit on a Z1000..... it was awesome ! pembury53
  • Score: 4

1:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

BodyBuilder says...

Back in my day we used the Lakeside strip. That was the best. Doing 100mph+ down there. The drivers will just move on elsewhere. Cranes Farm road is a good drag road, so I'll advise all drivers to go down there. Or the Manorway in Stanford Le Hope.
Back in my day we used the Lakeside strip. That was the best. Doing 100mph+ down there. The drivers will just move on elsewhere. Cranes Farm road is a good drag road, so I'll advise all drivers to go down there. Or the Manorway in Stanford Le Hope. BodyBuilder
  • Score: -3

3:54pm Mon 13 Jan 14

andypandy says...

Yet again Ray Howard being the only one affected by the nosie has managed to con money out of the council ( remember the Northwick Gate?) the residents there in the cemetery were being blighted by noise and hey presto a gate is funded to keep the noise down near to rays house. Why should we care if they race of the road to nowhere. Why not close the road at night and charge them a racing fee - at least we would get some money back.
Yet again Ray Howard being the only one affected by the nosie has managed to con money out of the council ( remember the Northwick Gate?) the residents there in the cemetery were being blighted by noise and hey presto a gate is funded to keep the noise down near to rays house. Why should we care if they race of the road to nowhere. Why not close the road at night and charge them a racing fee - at least we would get some money back. andypandy
  • Score: 5

5:06pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Ryan yet says...

I am not sure what residents are blighted by the terror of the boy racers lol as there are none down this particular bit of road , as someone who parks up over morrisons at night etc , I can safely say this is all vastly exaggerated and egged on by busybodys and another councillor trying to prove he is doing some great good by fighting such a poor issue !!
I am not sure what residents are blighted by the terror of the boy racers lol as there are none down this particular bit of road , as someone who parks up over morrisons at night etc , I can safely say this is all vastly exaggerated and egged on by busybodys and another councillor trying to prove he is doing some great good by fighting such a poor issue !! Ryan yet
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Mon 13 Jan 14

iknowbetter says...

andypandy wrote:
Yet again Ray Howard being the only one affected by the nosie has managed to con money out of the council ( remember the Northwick Gate?) the residents there in the cemetery were being blighted by noise and hey presto a gate is funded to keep the noise down near to rays house. Why should we care if they race of the road to nowhere. Why not close the road at night and charge them a racing fee - at least we would get some money back.
Ironic really! Ray is being plagued by a problem he helped to create, along with Pam Challis of course.
If only he had listened to the Community in the first place. Lets not forget It's a road they once suggested should be called Howards Way, in credit for his achievement in getting this road completed, £18 million and the cost is still rising.
Just think what kind of local Policing we could have had with that money, and Fire service, we may even have lights at night if the money wasnt wasted on a road to no where. Still I'm glad they can find the funds when its Rays sleep that is effected by the noise.
[quote][p][bold]andypandy[/bold] wrote: Yet again Ray Howard being the only one affected by the nosie has managed to con money out of the council ( remember the Northwick Gate?) the residents there in the cemetery were being blighted by noise and hey presto a gate is funded to keep the noise down near to rays house. Why should we care if they race of the road to nowhere. Why not close the road at night and charge them a racing fee - at least we would get some money back.[/p][/quote]Ironic really! Ray is being plagued by a problem he helped to create, along with Pam Challis of course. If only he had listened to the Community in the first place. Lets not forget It's a road they once suggested should be called Howards Way, in credit for his achievement in getting this road completed, £18 million and the cost is still rising. Just think what kind of local Policing we could have had with that money, and Fire service, we may even have lights at night if the money wasnt wasted on a road to no where. Still I'm glad they can find the funds when its Rays sleep that is effected by the noise. iknowbetter
  • Score: 8

6:08pm Mon 13 Jan 14

iknowbetter says...

P.S where are the Jobs Ray promised would be available because of this road 1700 if my memory serves me correctly.
P.S where are the Jobs Ray promised would be available because of this road 1700 if my memory serves me correctly. iknowbetter
  • Score: 8

6:13pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

LastLaugh2 wrote:
A few dozen house bricks scattered in the road make a good deterrent
That's racist LL...

...housebricks are racist.
[quote][p][bold]LastLaugh2[/bold] wrote: A few dozen house bricks scattered in the road make a good deterrent[/p][/quote]That's racist LL... ...housebricks are racist. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -3

9:01pm Mon 13 Jan 14

EssexPerson says...

This road was a stupid waste of money that should never have been built in the first place. The area already around Morrisons already had issues with "boy racers" long before this road was built. Can't believe that no one at the top didn't see this problem coming.
Never mind the road is a complete waste that doesn't get used for what it was intended for (at least I've never! seen a single fuel refinery truck using it).
I'm all for legit shows where enthusiast want to show of their cars but those that race, make noise, burn outs and dangerous driving need to take it to a track.
Those who argue that its a minority need to pressure those who do spoil it, then maybe more places would open their car parks to shows.
This road was a stupid waste of money that should never have been built in the first place. The area already around Morrisons already had issues with "boy racers" long before this road was built. Can't believe that no one at the top didn't see this problem coming. Never mind the road is a complete waste that doesn't get used for what it was intended for (at least I've never! seen a single fuel refinery truck using it). I'm all for legit shows where enthusiast want to show of their cars but those that race, make noise, burn outs and dangerous driving need to take it to a track. Those who argue that its a minority need to pressure those who do spoil it, then maybe more places would open their car parks to shows. EssexPerson
  • Score: 0

3:24pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Nebs says...

What about the cunning plan that we were told about on 12th November 2013.

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.

Can't be this, as it's not top secret and it isn't spring yet. I'm looking forward to reading about the success of this secret cunning plan.
What about the cunning plan that we were told about on 12th November 2013. 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. Can't be this, as it's not top secret and it isn't spring yet. I'm looking forward to reading about the success of this secret cunning plan. Nebs
  • Score: 2

6:31pm Tue 14 Jan 14

iknowbetter says...

Nebs wrote:
What about the cunning plan that we were told about on 12th November 2013.

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.

Can't be this, as it's not top secret and it isn't spring yet. I'm looking forward to reading about the success of this secret cunning plan.
Maybe this little bit of sunshine confused them Nebs.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: What about the cunning plan that we were told about on 12th November 2013. 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. Can't be this, as it's not top secret and it isn't spring yet. I'm looking forward to reading about the success of this secret cunning plan.[/p][/quote]Maybe this little bit of sunshine confused them Nebs. iknowbetter
  • Score: 1

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