'CCTV would protect Ammanford's splashpads'
3:10pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Ammanford news
AMMANFORD town councillors are considering whether to shell out £9,000 for a CCTV camera in Ammanford Park after a member warned the town’s new splashpads could be targeted by vandals.
Community officer Rob Chapman said the council’s bid for funding from the Po - lice Commissioner had failed as it was felt money could be obtained from other sources.
Councillors questioned whether the sum could be justified given the splashpads were only located in the park during the summer months.
“We are thinking of spending £9,000 to protect a £140,000 investment,” said deputy mayor Jonathan Jennings.
“Would it be appropriate to have it for just three months of the year?”
But Cllr Chris Jones was adamant that CCTV was essential. “The toilets have been vandalised and for all we know, the splashpads could be hit next,” he warned.
“The thing with the splashpads is that it could only take one incident – and we would have no splashpads. The camera wouldn’t just be protecting the splashpads – there are kids playing in the park all the time, so the camera would also be protecting them.”
PC Chapman suggested the only alternative to CCTV was closing the park at night. He felt a remote-controlled camera covering several parts of the park would be preferable to a fixed unit.
“Should something happen in another part of the park, we wouldn’t see it,” he said. “You may as well get as much usage out of the camera as you can, so a remote-controlled unit would be better.”
He agreed to seek out a breakdown of the costs and report back
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