Stockport Express

New CCTV sharpens the focus on safety

- EXPRESS REPORTER stockporte­ @stockportn­ews

NEW CCTV cameras have been installed in Stockport town centre to keep residents and visitors safe.

The Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund aims to tackle issues that blight communitie­s by putting measures in place to prevent crime, antisocial behaviour and support victims.

In July 2022, Stockport was successful in its bid for £430,000, which was part of a £2.4million grant to Greater Manchester boroughs, to tackle anti-social behaviour and make streets safer for residents in the town centre and Brinningto­n.

Part of the grant funding has been spent on 10 new CCTV cameras in the town centre, which will help to strengthen and improve the current system in place covering Merseyway, the Underbanks and other areas of the town centre.

The council carried out a survey last year, with more than two thirds of respondent­s, including residents and businesses supporting improving CCTV coverage in the town centre.

This week, Cllr Helen Foster-Grime, Cabinet Member for Communitie­s and Housing, was joined by GMP’s Chief Superinten­dent John Webster at the CCTV Control Room in the town centre where the new cameras will be monitored from. The new cameras will link in with current systems already in place and operated by Greater Manchester Police and Stockport Homes.

Cllr Foster-Grime said: “Improving safety and CCTV coverage in the heart of Stockport is a key priority for the council and partners to help make our local communitie­s feel as safe as possible when they’re enjoying what our town centre has to offer.

“Together with the Safer

Stockport Partnershi­p we’re determined to improve confidence amongst residents to use facilities and support town centre businesses – not only during the day but allowing everyone to enjoy our thriving nighttime economy.”

Chief Superinten­dent John Webster said: “These cameras will assist the police in the detection and prevention of anti-social behaviour and crime and support our aim to ensure

Stockport continues to be a safe and enjoyable place to live and work.

“In addition, they will also enable us to proactivel­y respond to prevent situations developing.

“This project has shown what can be achieved when all key partners work together.”

Further work will also take place later this month on strengthen­ing the security team working between Redrock and Merseyway.

 ?? ?? ●●Cllr Helen Foster-Grime visits the control room at Merseyway to see how the new cameras will benefit keeping residents and visitors safe
●●Cllr Helen Foster-Grime visits the control room at Merseyway to see how the new cameras will benefit keeping residents and visitors safe

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