CCTV to be installed at skatepark closed over anti-social behaviour
PUBLISHED: 15:59 25 November 2019 | UPDATED: 16:01 25 November 2019
A skatepark closed after concerns over misuse of the site is set to reopen with extra security measures including CCTV being considered.
The dedicated skate ramps in Eye have been closed since August due to what it described as a "prolonged misuse" of the site with problems ranging from anti-social behaviour to public indecency and the taking of illegal substances.
Eye Town Council, which took the decision, also said that there had been incidents of motorbikes and cars being used on the park at the Community Centre in Magdalen Street.
Following an inspection by Mid Suffolk District Council that found 'low' and 'very low' risks identified with the safety of the facility, town councillors have now decided to reopen the park but are also looking to install fencing and CCTV at the site.
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Mike Smith, chair of the council's environment committee, said: "We are looking to go ahead with fencing and making it more secure then in the evenings it will only be the clubs and other organised groups that use it so it is not so much of a problem with anti-social behaviour.
"We are also applying for planning permission to CCTV so it can be monitored. With modern systems now we can have certain people watching it with their laptops, so if someone phones and says that there is trouble down there you can look straightaway."
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The park is currently only covered by long range CCTV cameras making it difficult for the council to work with police to identify and prosecute people over illegal activities.
When the park was closed Inspector Mark Jackson, of Suffolk Police, said: "We are aware of concerns regarding past incidents of antisocial behaviour in the vicinity of the skatepark and fully understand the distress such activity can have on the community."
Mr Smith said he hoped extra measures would avoid further problems. "We have just got to play it by ear and see how things go," he said.
"We have put it to the children and young people that if they don't buckle down and be a bit more responsible there are other matters that could be brought into the situation. It can be closed straightaway again."