Residents' shock as 11 CCTV cameras removed from their area
The decision to remove 11 CCTV cameras from a 'crime hotspot' in Boston has left residents in fear of their safety. Councillor Anton Dani said residents living in his constituency, the Fenside area, felt safer with the CCTV cameras in place that were linked to Boston Borough Council's CCTV room. Mr Dani claims neither himself nor residents had not been consulted on before the CCTV cameras were taken down at the beginning of April.
He said: "It has just been wept under the carpet. Nobody seems to have any answers as to why they have been removed. It is one of the crime hotspots and if we can provide security which makes people feel safe then we should be doing so.
"Residents are telling me they feel unsafe, there's about 800 homes in this area.
They have switched out the lights at night and now they have taken away CCTV cameras, leaving only the poles in the place. Whatever next. "I will petition for the cameras to be brought back, we are not going to let it go."
The latest figures on policeuk website shows around 35 crimes in and around the Fenside area in March 2018. Lincolnshire Housing Partnership voluntarily funded the 11 cameras in this area since 2012, but this funding has now been withdrawn. Deborah Tempest, LHP head of customer services, said: "The safety and security of residents continues to be a key priority for us and the decision to halt our voluntary funding of the council-owned Fenside CCTV cameras has not been taken lightly.
"Tackling criminal activity is the responsibility of the police and there is no legal requirement for housing providers like us to provide or fund CCTV cameras within communities for the detection and prevention of crime.
In fact, no other providers contribute to the cost of CCTV cameras in the Boston Borough area. "We recognise that we have a joint responsibility in dealing with anti-social behaviour caused by our tenants and visitors to their property. However, the provision of these cameras has never assisted us in taking action against a tenant for breach of tenancy and we therefore feel there are more efficient methods that both assist us in our activities and offer better value for money to our customers.
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But despite withdrawing funding, LHP said it was not its decision to remove the cameras. LHP has not disclosed how much the cameras cost to run.
A spokesman for the council said: "An external body had funded operation and maintenance of the Fenside CCTV cameras.
That funding has now been withdrawn.
The ongoing CCTV costs for one residential area cannot be met by council taxpayers throughout the whole borough if those costs cannot be recovered."