Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Nearly there...


The CCTV camera in Nightingale Avenue is up and (almost) running.


Now we're just waiting for BT to make the connection, which should happen imminently, and the camera will be linked in to the control centre at the Town Hall. In the meantime, the camera is swivelling nicely, and giving every impression that it is functioning normally.


The Dispersal Order is still in place, and I'm chasing the outcome of a review on the potential for closing cuts on the estate which are the source of anti-social behaviour and real hassle for local people. When I have more information, I'll blog again.

9 comments:

Mark Burton said...

Excellent news Nick!

miketually said...

Walking past there on the way to Asda, it was very odd to notice the camera swivelling around. I suppose I'm so used to cameras in the town centre that I don't notice them.

ian white, townliar.com said...

"In the meantime, the camera is swivelling nicely, and giving every impression that its functioning"

EXCEPT Nick you have just told them all its not!!!

However I dont think many have the brains to log onto any site! lol

Darlington Councillor said...

Indeed, Ian. As I said in the post, BT should have sorted this out any day now, so no harm done.

Clearly everyone in the area will have seen the camera up now, and in commenting about it, I could hardly mislead anyone regarding it's functioning, could I? As you say, very few scrotes who cause problems in the locality are likely to be readers of this blog...

Ian White, townliar.com said...

Nick
Is "scrotes" an official council term these days LOL

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

Surely prevention of anti social behaviour starting in the first place by providing alternative facilities which young people want in the areas where the need is and without cost to the young people is a better option than ringing the area with expensive CCTV?

There must be lessons from other towns and other areas of Darlington which we can copy to stop young people from engaging in anti social behaviour.

Darlington Councillor said...

Ian - "scrote" is a great word, and right up there with "chavtastic" for me at the moment.

Alan - I appreciate that LibDems have some difficulty backing local communities when firm action needs to be taken, but for long-suffering residents in the area, first the Dispersal Order and now the CCTV camera have been a real boon.

I agree that there needs to be 'carrot' with the 'stick', which is why there are facilities for local kids organised by our Youth Service.

More needs to be done, however, and Labour's manifesto committed us to good youth facilities where they are needed. The reality is, however, that whatever services the Council or voluntary groups provide, some young people and adults will cause misery for local people, and that's where the Labour Council will take action.

It was, after all, the LibDems in Parliament who voted against the creation of ASBO's amongst a raft of other measures to help tackle anti-social behaviour.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

Thanks Nick, but where have the police gone? They are responsible for enforcing the law of the land and preventing such acts. Do we have a beat bobby in our area? Any chance of getting a community police office to cover the north of the town? I thought that it was a bit of a retrograde step to close Denmark Street police office, but can understand the reasons.

Insidentally "the bucket of warm spit" quote came from John Nance Garner who described the Vice Presidency of the USA thus. He was Franklin Roiosevelt's Vice President.

Anonymous said...

Chavtastic?