Councillors on the Inner South Community Committee have approved spending £50,000 on installing and maintaining three CCTV cameras in and around Cross Flatts Park in Beeston.
The decision came at their meeting last night (15 February 2017) and follows a number of incidents in the park over recent months.
One camera will be sited near the Watsonian Pavilion at the top of the park, with another below the sports courts. A third camera will be sited at the junction of Tempest Road and Maud Avenue. All three cameras will have 360 degree visibility and be linked to the LeedsWatch system which is monitored 24 hours a day.
Officers said that the Council could procure and install the cameras in around 8 weeks, but were dependant on BT and Yorkshire Electricity, so it might well take longer before they are operational.
The committee also approved funding for commemorative benches to honour the contribution made by Matthew Murray. Holbeck In Bloom have worked with Middleton Railway and hope the benches will be seen by school children following a history tail around the area which is “drenched in history.”
The benches and accompanying interpretation boards will be sited by the Matthew Murray monument in St Matthew’s churchyard Holbeck and at Middleton Railway’s Moor Road station in Hunslet.
Funding was also approved for two Speed Indicator Devices for Beeston Road and Lady Pit Lane and for Red Ladder Theatre’s community acting courses.
Future meetings of the Inner South Community Committee will take place on:
- Wednesday 14 June 2017 at 7pm
- Wednesday 6 September 2017 at 7pm
- Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 7pm
- Wednesday 7 February 2018 at 7pm
Councillors decided to drop the workshop format and engage more closely with community groups, attending existing meetings and inviting the group to choose the topic for debate.