All coun­cil flats in bor­ough to get CCTV

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By CLAIRE HAR­RI­SON Nuneaton Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­

ALL coun­cil flats across Nuneaton and Bed­worth will soon be watched over by CCTV cam­eras to tackle prob­lems with rowdy and booze-fu­elled be­hav­iour.

So far Meadow Court, Lex­ing­ton Court, Ly­dgate Court, Park Road and Tom El­lis Court have all had new sys­tems in­stalled.

It fol­lows con­cerns raised by res­i­dents in a sur­vey car­ried out by Nuneaton and Bed­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil, which saw in­ci­dents of rowdy and drunken be­hav­iour fea­ture high on the gripes’ list.

De­spite hav­ing fix­tures and fit­tings in place, the CCTV has yet to be in­stalled at Dil­lon Court in Nuneaton.

That de­lay is down to tech­ni­cal prob­lems says coun­cil­lor Julie Jackson, cabi­net mem­ber for hous­ing at the Town Hall, who said that the new CCTV sys­tems will help im­prove res­i­dents’ lives.

“We are in­stalling CCTV within a num­ber of hous­ing com­plexes to pro­vide greater peace of mind for our res­i­dents,” Cllr Jackson said.

“The work is be­ing un­der­taken in di­rect re­sponse to feed­back from our ten­ants – our most re­cent Ten­ants Sat­is­fac­tion Sur­vey high­lighted con­cerns with in­stances of rowdy and drunken be­hav­iour in neigh­bour­hoods and the in­stal­la­tion of CCTV will sup­port our work with the Police in re­duc­ing these prob­lems.

“The fi­nal in­stal­la­tion in the pro­gramme is at Dil­lon Court, where our progress has been de­layed by tech­ni­cal prob­lems ex­pe­ri­enced by BT Open­reach. As we are in the hands of a third party sup­plier we are un­able to give a firm date for the in­stal­la­tion at this site, how­ever we an­tic­i­pate that it will be some­time in April.

“As al­ways, we work closely with our Res­i­dents’ Part­ner­ship to en­sure that we shape our ser­vices to best meet the needs of our ten­ants. We con­tinue to in­vest in ten­ants’ homes in the ways they tell us mat­ter most to them; in ad­di­tion to CCTV, we have put in place pro­grammes to up­grade heat­ing sys­tems, kitchens and bath­rooms in many of our prop­er­ties, as we know that these are pri­or­ity is­sues for ten­ants. We are also fur­ther im­prov­ing our fire safety ar­range­ments.”

Cllr Jackson went on to con­clude: “The coun­cil is lis­ten­ing to what our ten­ants are say­ing and di­rect­ing re­sources ap­pro­pri­ately.”

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