Call for CCTV cam­era to be re­placed

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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