No extra CCTV surveillance for Strabane just yet

LOCAL residents and businesses will be consulted before any decision is taken on whether there is a need for additional CCTV cameras in the town centre, the council has said.

Following a discussion at a recent health and community committee meeting a spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said concerns had been raised over further surveillance in the town.

However council has advised its members that a number of additional CCTV locations are, “currently being considered” but these will be, “dependent on budget availability, evidence of need and consultation with residents and businesses”.

During the meeting, approval was given for the installation of an additional CCTV camera at the Meadowbank Avenue/Strand Road junction in Derry and the replacement of the existing CCTV cameras on Craigavon Bridge. 

Earlier this year, 24-hour CCTV surveillance was installed on Strabane’s pedestrian bridge.

Welcoming the news at the time, Independent councillor Patsy Kelly called for CCTV cameras to also be installed in the town centre.

Cllr Kelly is now calling on the council to “speed up the process” for 24-hour coverage in Strabane.

“Our town centre needs to be protected just as much as any other regional town,” said Cllr Kelly.

“What is the difference between anti social behaviour in Derry and Strabane? Just recently, two businesses in our town were almost lost because of anti social behaviour. “The council has a duty to protect our town centre users and businesses.

“CCTV cameras would help protect business premises in and around the town, as well as providing a safety net for people coming out of the pubs late at night.

The councillor added, “It is very important that we keep our town as safe as we possibly can.” 

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