Call for CCTV camera to be replaced
A Burnside business owner has called on South Lanarkshire Council to replace a CCTV camera on Stonelaw Road.
James Burns says the camera would help tackle anti-social behaviour on the street.
A camera has been installed at Burnside station, but Mr Burns feels that does not effectively capture activity at the bottom of the street where most incidents occur.
The owner of James Burns Hair Design has won the backing of James Kelly MSP, who has held meetings with both the council and local shopkeepers about the issue.
Mr Burns said: “All we want is for the camera to be working again at its original location at the bottom of the street.
“My shop has experienced several anti-social behaviour incidents including graffiti since we lost the camera.
“I know residents and other business owners are also keen for the camera to be in place again, and I hope the council listen to our concerns and finally act.”
Mr Kelly said the issue was first brought to his attention two years ago.
He added: “This has gone on for long enough.
“Since the CCTV at Burnside Tesco stopped working there have been a number of anti-social behaviour incidents not caught by the camera at the top of the road.
“Anti-social behaviour causes misery to the shop owners and nearby local residents.
“I first took up this case in 2014 and was initially told the camera would be repaired by January 2015. We are not asking for anything new, just for the CCTV provision to be restored to its previous position.”
However, the council say there are no plans to replace the camera.
Daniel Lowe, executive director of housing and technical resources, said: “The camera that was on the roof of Tesco was removed following an electrical fault.
“It was subsequent l y discovered there was no formal legal agreement in place between the former CCTV trust and the then owners of the property, regarding the positioning of the camera on the building. As such, there are currently no plans to reinstate this camera.
“The council’s CCTV control centre has been proactively monitoring the area over the last year, which has demonstrated that the level of activity in the area can be adequately covered through use of the existing camera at Burnside Cross.
“We have previously been in contact with the MSP to update him on this situation.”
On film James Kelly MSP and James Burns want new CCTV installed in Burnside