CCTV bid for crime-hit flats

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

ABLOCK of flats plagued by crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour could get CCTV to com­bat the prob­lem and evict bad ten­ants.

So­cial land­lord Plus Dane Hous­ing is de­ter­mined to over­come the is­sues at The Clock­tower on West Park Drive, Mac­cles­field.

It says an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour (ASB) has reached ‘in­tense lev­els’ but it has been un­able to evict ten­ants be­cause it can­not prove al­le­ga­tions.

Plus Dane es­ti­mates it and Cheshire Po­lice spend tens of thou­sands of pounds a year deal­ing with the prob­lems.

Now the firm has sub­mit­ted plans to in­stall 13 CCTV cam­eras in­side and out­side the build­ing.

An­drea Howarth, direc­tor of hous­ing at Plus Dane Hous­ing said: “We have been work­ing closely with res­i­dents and the po­lice over the last cou­ple of years at the Clock Tower on a num­ber of mea­sures to re­duce an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and it is pleas­ing that these have sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved mat­ters.

“We felt that the ad­di­tion of CCTV would act as a fur­ther de­ter­rent to pre­vent ten­ants and res­i­dents from ex­pe­ri­enc­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and as our ten­ants were sup­port­ive of this ac­tion we were happy to progress and seek plan­ning ap­proval.”

In plan­ning doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted to Cheshire East Coun­cil, Plus Dane said the types of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour have ranged from low lev­els of noise nui­sance through to drug war­rants and se­ri­ous do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases.

It reads: “There have been very few pos­ses­sion cases due to an in­abil­ity to pro­vide a sound ev­i­dence base and counter al­le­ga­tions be­tween ten­ants.

“In or­der to sup­port the scheme turn­around and pro­mote a sus­tain­able com­mu­nity the in­stal­la­tion of CCTV is be­ing pur­sued.

“This would al­low le­gal ac­tion to be taken where nec­es­sary while re­as­sur­ing res­i­dents that we will mon­i­tor and take ac­tion against per­pe­tra­tors.

“It is also be­lieved the in­stal­la­tion will sup­port the al­lo­ca­tion process and en­hance the rep­u­ta­tion of the scheme.

“This pro­posal is also be­ing sup­ported by lo­cal po­lice who have been lob­by­ing for its in­stal­la­tion af­ter con­tin­u­ous re­ports of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity at the scheme.”

The Clock­tower is a Grade II listed build­ing which was once part of Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal.

It was con­verted by Plus Dane Hous­ing into 36 sep­a­rate flats six years ago. RE­CENT cases heard at South and East Cheshire mag­is­trates court:

TYLER Car­lyle Spencer, 22, of Buxton Road, Con­gle­ton, ad­mit­ted two charges of breach­ing a re­strain­ing or­der by en­ter­ing Moss Lane in Mac­cles­field. He was jailed for 14 days.

NI­COLA Jane Lee, 29, of Port­land Walk, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted two charges of theft of gro­ceries from Tesco. She was given a con­di­tional dis­charge for 12 months.

BRIAN Smid­more, 79, of Telford Close, Mac­cles­field, was found guilty of as­sault. He was given a con­di­tional dis­charge for 12 months and a re­strain­ing or­der ban­ning any con­tact with the vic­tim. He must also pay £50 com­pen­sa­tion.

FLORENCE Pa­tri­cia May John­son, 44, of Priest Court, Crewe, ad­mit­ted breach­ing her cur­few which was or­dered af­ter she was con­victed of as­sault in Mac­cles­field. She was jailed for six weeks.

ROBERT Vaughan, 33, of Kee­ley Close, Manch­ester, ad­mit­ted as­sault and crim­i­nal dam­age in Poyn­ton. He was sen­tenced to 12 weeks in prison sus­pended for two years. He was also given 10 days Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ac­tiv­ity Re­quire­ment.

COLIN Ad­cock, 58, of Pierce Street, Mac­cles­field, in­di­cated a plea of guilty to a charge of theft of fra­grances from Fra­grances Di­rect in Mac­cles­field. The of­fence breaches a sus­pended sen­tence or­der. He was bailed for sen­tence at Ch­ester Crown Court on April 7.

CAROLINE Beirne, 45, of We­ston Square, Mac­cles­field, de­nied two charges of theft. She was bailed for the trial on May 19.

JOHN Hoban, 41, of High Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of cannabis. He was given a con­di­tional dis­charge for 12 months.

MYLES Rus­sell Do­bell, 29, of Bond Street, Mac­cles­field, de­nied drink driv­ing. He was bailed for a hear­ing on April 19.

DEB­O­RAH Jane Machin, 48, of Earl­sway, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly, She was given a con­di­tional dis­charge for 12 months.

THOMAS Atkin­son, 24, of Rix­ton­leys Drive, Ir­lam, ad­mit­ted three charges of as­sault and crim­i­nal dam­age in Mac­cles­field. He was fined £500 and or­dered to pay £500 com­pen­sa­tion.

RICHARD Ian Kenyon, 31, of Ke­nil­worth Close, Mac­cles­field, de­nied as­sault. He was bailed for the trial on May 12.

KATHER­INE Louise Her­ring, 39, of Bardell Cres­cent, Poyn­ton, de­nied fail­ing to stop af­ter an ac­ci­dent and re­port an ac­ci­dent. She was bailed for the trial on May 2.

AARON John Bar­ton, 21, of Park­gate Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted breach­ing a com­mu­nity or­der by not at­tend­ing un­paid work ses­sions. He was given an ad­di­tional 40 hours.

COLIN Neil Carter, 45, of Port­land Walk, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted theft of cham­pagne from Marks and Spencer and breach­ing a sus­pended sen­tence or­der. He was jailed for 10 weeks and or­dered to pay £51 com­pen­sa­tion.

CRAIG John Allen, 34, of East Park Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted theft of cham­pagne from Marks and Spencer and theft of meat from the Co-op. He was jailed for eight weeks.

The Clock­tower in Mac­cles­field

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