Trouble-hit precinct gets spy cameras

Terry Derbyshire (technical & projects officer at Wigan Council), David Bainbridge (group manager at WALH), Coun Kevin Anderson, Coun Shirley Dewhurst and Coun Maggie Skilling
Terry Derbyshire (technical & projects officer at Wigan Council), David Bainbridge (group manager at WALH), Coun Kevin Anderson, Coun Shirley Dewhurst and Coun Maggie Skilling
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RESIDENTS’ prayers for a security upgrade to their Wigan shopping arcade have been answered.

For CCTV has been installed at Worsley Hall precinct, which has proved a magnet for anti-social behaviour, thanks to a cash boost from housing chiefs and local political representatives.

Douglas ward councillors Maggie Skilling, Shirley Dewhurst and Mike Dewhurst each contributed £2,000 from their Brighter Borough fund to install four cameras after requests from residents.

The project was also supported by Wigan and Leigh Homes which invested £4,000. The CCTV is being monitored by Wigan Council.

Since the installation, locals have remarked on how quiet the area has been and the police haven’t received any reports of trouble.

Coun Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for safer environments, said: “We’ve been working closely with the police and residents to tackle the anti-social behaviour in the Ridyard Street area of Worsley Hall. It was local residents who came up with the idea of installing CCTV and I’m delighted to say that in just four weeks, there’s already been a noticeable reduction in incidents. It’s important that local residents feel safe in and around their homes and this CCTV will give them reassurance.”

Wigan and Leigh Homes chief executive Janice Barton said: “As part of the Deal for Tenants, residents asked us to ‘take appropriate action to solve problems.’ The installation of CCTV shows that we’re listening to our tenants and taking action to help build communities for everyone.”

Every year councillors are given £5,471 each through the Brighter Borough scheme to help fund projects that benefit the local community, from paying for defibrillators to buying local football kits.