Extra CCTV needed, say Lib Dems

MORE surveillance equipment is needed to combat anti-social behaviour in the Harrogate district, the Lib Dems have said.

They believe that £15,000 of Harrogate Council funds from last year’s £1.1m underspend should go towards a new mobile CCTV camera.

“Harrogate Council currently has only three mobile cameras available throughout the whole district for ‘hot spots’ that are affected by anti social behaviour,” Coun Greta Knight said.

“The need for another camera is there for all to see.”

The proposal was voted down by the council, which said it needed time to look into the issue.

“Conservative councillors have wasted an opportunity to take some decisive action and instead have decided to dither about by ‘examining options’ to identify needs,” Coun Knight said.

“At present we have to wait months to get cameras deployed. Here was a golden opportunity to be in a position where swift action could have been taken. They have just thrown it away.”

Council leader Coun Don Mackenzie said that, after examining the matter, the purchase now looked unlikely. He told the Advertiser that CCTV picture quality would not be good enough for identification and its only use would therefore be to identify problem areas.

“If somewhere is a known hot spot, then it should be patrolled regularly by the police anyway,” he said.