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Burton Joyce: CCTV camera installed after bus stop vandalism

A new CCTV camera will be installed outside a row of shops in a Nottinghamshire village after a bus stop was vandalised.

The 12 metre-tall CCTV camera will be located near the corner of Wheatsheaf Court and Main Road in Burton Joyce, outside the main door to the Nottinghamshire Hospice Charity Shop.

A planning application for the installation of the camera was given the green light at a Gedling Borough Council planning meeting on November 30.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Sam Smith (Con)said: “I’m really pleased that the CCTV now has permission to be installed and I voted in favour of it.

“The CCTV will cover the shops on Main Street, the Co-op car park, Cross Keys pub and surrounding roads.

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“It’ll help to make people feel safer.

“There’s been some anti-social behaviour, including damage to the bus-stop outside the Co-op, which the CCTV should now help to prevent.”

In November last year similar proposals were considered but not implemented.

The new “more appropriate” proposals will make sure the camera is more central in the run of shops to avoid tactile paving in the highway.

Since the publication of the plans before the meeting, one letter of objection was received.

A resident raised concerns over the CCTV impinging on their privacy, as it may overlook their home.

However, a council officer said: “The purpose of the camera is to view the public realm in terms of deterring crime and anti-social behaviour, it is not to stare at individual properties and impinge on human rights.”

Cllr Ruth Strong (Lab) also asked that consideration for people getting off at the nearby bus stop would be given, with the pavement already cluttered with street furniture.

Documents state the camera post would be sited close to other street furniture including a bin, street light, bus stop and post box.

“Just wanted to say it is a jolly good idea but having been there earlier today at the bus stop my only concern is that it doesn’t obstruct people getting off,” she said.

“I trust the installers will take this into account when the work is done.”

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