Just because I'm at Conference doesn't mean that the ward work can get
Together with ward colleague Andy Scott (who's also here) I've been chasing
the installation of CCTV in Springfield Park. The area has been plagued
with Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) for years. Residents living on Whinfield
Park and the Moray/Muirkirk estate suffered, and we have worked closely with
the Police and the Council Wardens to try and tackle the problem. Everyone
was delighted in June when it was announced our campaign had paid off, and
CCTV was to be installed. A pole was erected in preparation for the camera.
That was as far as things got. The Council's cameras are now digital - this
means that the pictures are better in the control room. To beam back from
Springfield Park however, a relay had to be installed on the only suitable
tall building in the area - Northgate House. Unfortunately, the building's
owners seemed to drag their feet and wouldn't respond to the request.
Deadlock on a key scheme to tackle yobbery in Haughton.
The good news is that it would seem a draft agreement has now been signed.
Council rules mean that the agreement has to be considered by Cabinet in
October. At least the end is now in sight, and local residents will be able
to sleep easier when the camera is finally put in place.