New CCTV for vandal-hit street

The window of chairty furniture store Renew was smashed earlier this year.
The window of chairty furniture store Renew was smashed earlier this year.

A town centre shopping street in Boston is to get a new CCTV camera to deal with a spate of anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

Businesses in Emery Lane have had windows repeatedly smashed this year, alongside a number of other incidents where the lane joins West Street.

At a meeting of Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) last week, Boston’s Borough Council’s community safety manager Peter Hunn outlined the need for a grant to pay for the new camera.

“Over the last eight months, there have been numerous reports about the issues of criminal damage to businesses, many with smashed or cracked shop windows,” he said.

Cameras currently cover half of the lane and the entrance to it from West Street. The central one was previously decommissioned but left up to act as a deterrent.

The cost of installing a new camera would be £5,368, Mr Hunn explained, which would help to prevent anti-social behaviour-related crime.

It is believed most of the crime there happens late at night at the weekend.

A letter in the report, from a resident with an interest in one of the affected businesses, speaks about the plight of the traders, who he says ‘dread’ Monday mornings for fear of what might await them.

Coun Paul Gleeson said BTAC should not pay the annual £500 to maintain the camera, as this was the borough council’s job.

“It’s not BTAC property and I don’t think it’s our responsibility – but I’m happy to pay for the camera. I recognise that it’s a problem that affects the wider community,” he said.

Coun Brian Rush added: “BTAC is not Boston Borough Council’s financier. We can’t be seen to be financing the council – that’s their problem.”

Councillors voted to approve the request for BTAC to stump up the cash to pay for the camera and installation.