Wokingham CCTV to Combat Anti-social Behaviour.
Wokingham Town Council to use CCTV cameras to combat anti-social behaviour.
13:55 10 November 2019
CCTV cameras will be used to monitor Wokingham town centre to prevent anti-social behaviour. The town council has made the decision following the vandalism of the Christmas Tree last year.
Jan Nowecki, Town Clerk for Wokingham Town Council said: “The Town Hall is a Grade II* Listed Building which sits at the heart of a conservation area and therefore the application necessitated a Heritage Impact Assessment report which took some time to obtain.
“In order to reach its determination the LPA has to seek the views of Historic England.
Dave Davies, former Town Council Leader said: “I’m very pleased to see that my lobbying the Town Council has resulted in action with the planning application for CCTV having finally been submitted.
“I fully support the proposed locations and expect that, once installed, they will go a long way to curbing the recent anti social behaviour that have forced local businesses to employ security and allowed wanton vandalism to occur.
“I remain disappointed that it has taken so long to get to this stage and given the vandalism of the Christmas Tree last year would urge the Council to do everything possible to complete the installation before the Christmas period.
“I regret that I am not confident in this given their track record of inefficiency so far, and that the planning consultation runs to 21/11 meaning approval may not come in time due to these previous delays. I look forward to being proved wrong but fear it is now too late for this year but ask that the Council do everything possible, including look to install temporary camera if they are able, so we do not have a rerun of last years awful experience over Christmas.”