Estate looks set for new CCTV cameras
PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 September 2012
A SET of CCTV cameras could be installed across an area of Weston, boosting the amount of surveillance from one temporary camera to about six fixed machines.
Alliance Homes says it has been approached by Avon and Somerset Constabulary about helping to fund a set of cameras on the Bournville estate, although the exact number is yet to be confirmed.
One mobile CCTV camera is currently used on the estate, which is moved between poles in different parts of the area.
Under the new proposals, permanent cameras are set be installed on the existing poles.
They would then be monitored through North Somerset Council’s CCTV control room at Weston Town Hall.
The information was revealed at a meeting of the Bournville Area Residents Association by Alliance’s neighbourhood services manager Allan Milnes.
Mr Milnes said: “Police thought it would be a good idea to have fixed cameras on each pole and they applied to us to financially support the idea.
“It will provide more assurance to residents that something is being done.
“Everybody knows CCTV isn’t the panacea of everything, but it is reassuring to residents that things are in place to help combat crime and deter crime.”
Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Inspector Liz Hughes said: “We are working in partnership on numerous projects with people living in the area to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour, including providing regular high profile police and PCSO patrols in the area.
“This work includes the provision of CCTV coverage in the area.
“We are working with Alliance Homes and North Somerset Council, although this particular project is still very much in its infancy.
“There have been no reported rises in antisocial behaviour in the area, which remains at a low level. However, we would urge any residents who have concerns or feel they have been victims of crime, to report the incidents to us.”