Cameras go-ahead for high street

CCTV cameras are set to go up in Worle High Street after a long campaign by residents and traders. North Somerset Council held a meeting at Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road to discuss plans to fund three cameras. One will be put up outside Lloyds T

CCTV cameras are set to go up in Worle High Street after a long campaign by residents and traders.North Somerset Council held a meeting at Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road to discuss plans to fund three cameras.One will be put up outside Lloyds TSB, another in front of Somerfield supermarket and a third facing Worle Library. Council officers said the cameras could be up and running by Christmas. Worle Community Centre chairman and member of Worle High Street Traders' Association, Joan Thompson, said: "We're really pleased with the news. Once the cameras are up there will be less fear around here and a more secure feeling."If there's going to be trouble there will be more chance the troublemakers will be caught on camera and the police can do something. It will be like big brother is watching them."For five years business people and residents have been campaigning for the cameras and it's all been worthwhile."Traders and residents called for the cameras because of problems with groups of youths hanging around parts of the High Street drinking and causing trouble.Officers at the meeting explained that the cameras or 'metal mickeys' as they are known, will be vandal-proof and can not be damaged by airguns or stones.Residents and traders were also told they can add more cameras in the future but would have to raise up to £18,000 for each additional one.


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