Public feedback wanted on new CCTV cameras proposed for Great Yarmouth and Gorleston
Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk Constabulary are proposing to install nine new CCTV cameras in Great Yarmouth, with a similar scheme for ten cameras in Gorleston, and are asking the public for their views.
The new CCTV cameras, paid for by the Government's Safer Streets Fund and Great Yarmouth Borough Council, will be located around the Wellesley/Northgate areas in Great Yarmouth and the Magdalen estate and Crowhall Green areas of Gorleston, and will help increase feelings of safety by deterring antisocial behaviour.
There will also be an additional camera covering the Banksy street artwork on Gorleston seafront. This is being installed to protect both the artwork and the shelter in which it is painted, but won't overlook the beach or splashpad so as not to impinge on the privacy of beach users.
The cameras in Great Yarmouth will be monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by Community Safety (Great Yarmouth) Ltd which currently monitors other CCTV in the borough. The cameras in Gorleston will be monitored by the Gorleston Community CCTV company, who currently monitor other CCTV in Gorleston.
The proposed sites in Great Yarmouth are in Estcourt Road, Northgate Street, Kitchener Road and North Denes Road, with two cameras situated inside the Wellesley Recreation Ground and a further two in the roads surrounding the ground. In Gorleston, it is proposed they will be sited in Magdalen Square, Windsor Way, the Crow Hall Green area, Lowestoft Road and Lower Esplanade.
The Council is keen to hear from residents, businesses, community groups and sports clubs on what impact this change may have. Questionnaires will be delivered by the council's Covid Marshalls to all properties in the vicinity of the proposed cameras and anyone else is invited to complete the same survey online at www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/have-your-say.
Completed questionnaires can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or returned to Communications Team, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2QF.
This questionnaire will take no longer than five minutes to complete and will help inform the council's decision. The closing date for responses is 28th September, 2021.
Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Councillor Carl Smith said: "We're grateful to have received this funding to enable us to put in two new CCTV schemes - in Great Yarmouth and in Gorleston - which will enable local people and visitors alike to feel safer on our streets. We've chosen to locate them in areas where we do have some issues, and this will make a difference in deterring unwanted behaviours and protecting property. Please take a short amount of time to respond to the survey as your feedback will help us make our decision on these important proposals."