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    Pensioner disguises bird box as security camera

    NewsStrange but TrueFriday 22 March 2013
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    A pensioner sick of the traffic speeding outside his house has decided to build a bird box disguised as a speed camera. As predicted it is causing up quite a stir amongst the community.
     
    Ian Magee, 63, was getting annoyed with traffic going past his house regularly breaking the speed limit of 30mph so instead of complaining to deaf ears he decided he had had enough and would do something about it himself. He created a simple bird box however designed it as a speed camera complete with fluorescent yellow and grey paint. Where the lens would be is the hole for the birds to enter.
     
    Mr Magee came up with the idea to try and stop cars from speeding as they came down the hill past his house. He spent 2 weeks building and modifying the box to look just like an official speed camera. The hardest part he states was finding the fluorescent paint. There is even said to be a CCTV camera located nearby to stop would be vandals from damaging the box.
     
    One would think everyone is a winner. Ian Magee gets a safer road, the community and drivers get a safer road and of course birds get a home to live in. Sadly not however. The council have put up objections stating that this gets in the way of planning permissions.
     
    The council in a statement said “This is something we are currently looking into as we feel that this kind of object requires planning permission, which it doesn't have. 'We also feel the box should be taken down as it is providing unnecessary clutter to the area. 'It is causing rather a lot of public interest, which isn't necessary, this is something we want to stop.”  On the other hand the Avon and Somerset police said: 'We have checked it out however it is on private land and as far as we are concerned it is not breaking any rules.'

    Mr Magee also has stated that the birds have taken to the box well and is the perfect nesting area. There are rumours that Pipistrelle bats may be nesting there and this would prove a problem to the council as these are a protected species. Evicting them would be a very difficult challenge.
     
    Photo: mjtmail
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