MUCH needed security equipment aimed at preventing anti-social behaviour at a Wigan park will be ready later this summer.
Council officers have this week started installing CCTV cameras in Ashton’s Jubilee Park, the scene of several outbreaks of yob behaviour in recent years.
Everything is on schedule for it to be operational for most of the holidays, unless there are some hitchesCoun Nigel Ash
The move has been welcomed by ward councillors and a community group but residents are keen for the cameras to be operational for a majority of the school holiday period.
Ashton Labour councillor Nigel Ash said: “The fibre cables have already been laid down so it is positive news the work has started.
“Everything is on schedule for it to be operational for most of the holidays, unless there are some hitches.”
Community group the Ashton Residents’ Association called for the security measures to be put in place following a particularly fractious period around bonfire night in 2013.
Group chairman Michael Moulding said: “It’s a matter of importance to residents to have it in place for the school holidays because that period, along with Halloween and bonfire night, has proved to be the worst time of year for outbreaks.
“It is encouraging the council has taken this action but we would urge them to get everything done as quickly as possible.
“If the work goes on longer than expected and eats into the school summer holidays that will not be acceptable.”
Wigan Council announced in March it planned to install the equipment, costing £78,000, including three cameras that will be monitored by local authority staff.
Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue said: “It is really important that local people are encouraged to visit their local green spaces and that we work hard to minimise anti-social behaviour in our local communities, so this is a really good move.” In April, neighbourhood officers said a policing review was underway for the park and surrounding area. And residents were urged to report ASB incidents.