Budleigh town centre to get CCTV security

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 October 2017

Budleigh Salterton High Street. Ref exb 18-16SH 2918. Picture: Simon Horn.

Budleigh Salterton High Street. Ref exb 18-16SH 2918. Picture: Simon Horn.

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Budleigh Salterton Town Council will be working with the Budleigh and District Chamber of Commerce to install CCTV camera in the town centre

Town leaders and traders will come together in an effort to step-up the security of Budleigh Salterton’s town centre.

At a meeting on Monday, the town council agreed to work with the chamber of commerce to work towards possibly getting CCTV fitted in High Street and Fore Street.

Earlier this month, ‘mindless vandals’ caused £500 worth of damage to Budleigh in Bloom planting troughs in Fore Street and a concrete planter in Marine Parade.

Concerns have also been raised about the alleged anti-social behaviour of youngsters riding their bikes around the town.

If CCTV cameras are fitted, they could cover the main stretch of town centre in Budleigh from Fore Street Hill to the traffic lights at the junction between High Street and Station Road.

Councillor Courtney Richards said: “I do think that if we had some CCTV cameras in the High Street that would do two things: it would possibly help to identify any miscreants and it might also deter people.”

Cllr Mike Hillar, who is also the chairman of the town’s chamber of commerce, said: “We (the chamber) did look at this earlier this year.

“It’s becoming more and more apparent in the town we do need CCTV.

“With the lack of police presence in the town, crime has started to increase and traders of the town are calling for CCTV.”

Cllr Chris Kitson suggested other areas such as the sea front needed protecting, not just High Street and Fore Street.

He said: “I think we need to proceed with caution. This needs to be proportionate to the rest of the town.”

The council agreed to set up a working party in partnership with the chamber of commerce to come up with how a CCTV system could be implemented.

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