CCTV at Carrick site would ‘help to protect council assets’

Marine Gardens. INCT 24-495-RM
Marine Gardens. INCT 24-495-RM

The installation of mobile security cameras in Carrick’s Marine Gardens is being considered by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The issue was raised at last Monday night’s meeting of the Operational Committee as elected members considered a report on mobile CCTV units in the borough.

Both the play park and cenotaph at Marine Gardens have been targeted by vandals in recent years, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The installation of CCTV should have been included in the original Marine Gardens refurbishment scheme, Councillor John Stewart suggested.

“The scheme cost £1.6million and we should have invested £10-20,000 in CCTV; we have had to spend that since in repairs alone,” he added.

“At the end of the day Marine Gardens are a council asset and it’s down to us to protect them.”

Responding to Councillor Stewart, director of Operations Philip Thompson indicated that the normal length of service for a mobile unit would be 2-4 weeks, with extensions available by application.

An appropriate power source for the unit would first have to be identified at the location before it could be installed, he added.

During the meeting, members gave approval for the director to approve applications for mobile CCTV units across the borough.

Alderman Gregg McKeen’s proposal that a strategic paper on fixed CCTV camera use across the Mid and East Antrim borough was seconded by Cllr Beth Adger.