Looking at the need for CCTV in Boston’s parks

Garfits Lane play area.
Garfits Lane play area.
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Councillors are set to discuss putting CCTV cameras in play parks at a future meeting following reports of ‘undesirable activities’.

At a recent a meeting of Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) councillors considered CCTV options in two of their agenda items.

Burgess Pit play area, Off Freiston Road, Boston.

Burgess Pit play area, Off Freiston Road, Boston.

The first was a report into Garfits Lane playing field.

Councillors supported the idea of CCTV, with Coun Stephen Woodliffe saying: “I do understand that there are some activities going on down there which we would want to discourage.”

Coun Alison Austin said the park had issues with ‘undesirable activities involving vehicles’.

In the report a quote of £3,115 exclusive of VAT was revealed along with the installation of a column at £650 and annual maintenance of £129.

Coun Paul Kenny suggested that as well as Garfits Lane, the council should also look at CCTV in areas such as Ingelow Avenue and Burgess Pit.

Another agenda item covered CCTV in Burgess Pit with a letter from Rob Lauberts, the chairman of the Main Ridge East Neighbourhood Steering Group.

Mr Laubert said the group carried out regular litter picks, however, he said: “More than 50 per cent of litter collected is alcohol related with hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia removed at every litter pick carried out.”

He stated public urination and drug taking is a regular occurrence and the group expect anti-social behaviour to increase with the introduction of the Community Protection Orders to replace Designated Public Places Order – which will still not cover Burgess Pit.

Mr Lauberts said he had been quoted £7,260 for installing CCTV with maintenance and bills to 2017.

The Main Ridge Group would make a contribution of £2,250 towards the costs and would match the three year maintenance budget.

Councillors agreed to set the issue aside in a bid to discuss CCTV across all play parks in a future meeting.