CCTV Cameras For St Johnís Park
Delayed For Another Year
19th June 2018 |
The installation of CCTV cameras in St John's Park have been delayed again, 3 years after Mid Sussex District Council ran a consultation for the camera's potential placement.
Burgess Hill currently has 7 CCTV cameras which are to be upgraded to digital and are to be installed ahead of any other new camera locations in the town.
MSDC, Burgess Hill Town Council and Sussex Police all contribute towards the costs.
With the dramatic reduction of policing in Burgess Hill and the alarming amount of anti-social incidents and thefts in the park last year, it was hoped that CCTV for St John's would be a priority, but the local authorities see it differently.
The crime-rate in Mid Sussex has risen by 10.7% over the previous year.
(Source: Mid Sussex District Council)
At last Wednesday's Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Resources and Economic Growth, when asked by one of his colleagues about what the council can do to help tackle crime in the area, leader Garry Wall said:
The council's engagement and involvement with towns and parishes and their own source of co-funding to bring forward the new CCTV arrangements will, I suggest, have an impact on anti-social behaviour, monitoring crime and perhaps discourage crime in our town centres and other areas which are covered by CCTV. It's a significant investment and a significant upgrade.
The plan is to upgrade all the existing CCTV cameras by the end of 2018 and to install cameras at new locations during 2019. This is four years too late for many victims.
Here are the locations of the seven CCTV cameras in Burgess Hill.
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