Ammanford's CCTV cash plea turned down
6:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
AMMANFORD town councillors have suffered a setback in their bid to gain funding for CCTV cameras in Ammanford Park.
Members, who want the park’s £140,000 splashpads to be monitored by cameras, have heard that their application to secure around £5,000 from the Police Commissioner’s Fund was not successful.
Cllr Jonathan Davies told colleagues that they had not received any feedback as to why the bid was turned down.
“Our hand has now been forced into producing some sort of coverage for the park,” he said.
Cllr Jonathan Jennings spoke of the need to protect the council’s “expensive investment” and Cllr Chris Jones urged members to seek different sources of funding immediately.
“We do not want this to drag on because the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and we need CCTV more than ever,” he added.
Town clerk Miriam Phillips pointed out that the splashpads equipment was about to be removed for the winter, but conceded that some sort of fencing was probably needed at the site.
But members agreed that the success of the splashpads – boosted by the best summer for several years – had exceeded their wildest expectations.
Cllr Paula Treharne said the facility had proved so popular that neighbouring councils – such as Cwmaman – were now actively looking into the possibility of providing splashpads of their own.
“It has been brilliant,” she said. “It’s been lovely to hear the children playing there – I can’t wait until next summer!”
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