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Councillors back additional CCTV cameras at park

Morley Town Councillors have found the finance for additional cameras to support the CCTV scheme that operates in Churwell Park in Morley.  The scheme, which has now been expended, was initially introduced several years ago and has had a positive impact by reducing vandalism and anti-social behaviour at the park.  The funding of the extended scheme came from Morley Town Council, who received 15% of the Community Infrastructure levied on all new properties being built across the Morley area.

Councillor Robert Finnigan said “We have been working closely with Churwell Environmental Volunteers to bring this extended programme of CCTV since the beginning of the year.  I am delighted the full scheme is now operational.  The Community Infrastructure Levy, CIL for short, can be used to support improvements across the wider Morley area.  It can be used to improve parks, support road safety schemes and to reduce anti-social behaviour.  This extended CCTV scheme will continue to reduce anti-social behaviour and vandalism at the park.”

Other parks continue to suffer from high levels of vandalism with Hesketh Lane playground suffering a second significant vandalism attach in the last three months.

Councillor Wyn Kidger, who lives close to the Hesketh Lane playground said “We have requested the Parks Service looks a bringing a similar CCTV scheme to that operating at Churwell Park to Hesketh Lane playground.  We will be exploring providing supporting finance from CIL to deliver such a scheme.”