PEOPLE power has prevailed after safety fears from a passer-by led to a ‘rotten’ bracket supporting a CCTV camera being replaced.
Chris White, a historian from Gosport, spotted the 15kg bracket during a walk along the footpath to the north of Haslar Marina last Friday, and expressed fears that the camera could fall at any moment.
This is a huge relief for me and I’m sure for others as it looked to me like it could fall at any time.Chris White
The camera, which is 12ft in the air, is owned by the marina which was informed about the bracket the same day and a replacement is set to be installed this week.
Mr White, who had headed down to the footpath to watch RFA Black Rover head into the harbour on the day, told The News: ‘This is a huge relief for me and I’m sure for others as it looked to me like it could fall at any time.’
He believed that string was holding the bracket up but according to Ben Lippiett, the marina’s manager, it is a rope with a breaking strain of ten tonnes.
Mr White added: ‘It looks incredibly dangerous to me as you can’t tell how strong the bracket is as it is totally rotten through and if that fell, it would cause some serious damage.
‘It was only by chance that I happened to look up and spot it. We don’t know the weight of it, but if it was to fall from that height, I could have been badly injured.’
Mr Lippiett said: ‘We are mindful that the bracket is rusting and have therefore secured a replacement that will be going up in the coming days.
‘The safety of the public is of paramount importance to us and we thought it best to act quickly to reassure people.’
Mr White said he wasn’t convinced and said he would have to see the replacement bracket for himself.
Mr Lippiett added that there are ‘no issues with the rope at all’ and that it still has ‘a great deal of strength left in it’.