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New £13,000 CCTV cameras for Mint Walk play area in Warlingham


Tandridge District Council, working with Surrey County Council, Warlingham Parish Council, local businesses and residents has raised £13,200 to install a new CCTV system for the Mint Walk play area in Warlingham. The play area has suffered from repeated anti-social behaviour including vandalism, graffiti sprayed on walls, littering and the equipment has been damaged a number of times making it dangerous for children to play on. The need for a CCTV system was initiated and led by Warlingham Parish Council following a residents meeting.

The CCTV system will pick up movement in the playing field including the play area. It will have day and night time visibility enabling the police to review footage and catch anyone who causes damage or misuses the area.

Tandridge District Council has contributed £7,200 towards the cost of the new camera with Warlingham Parish Council and Surrey County Council both donating £2,000. The rest of the money has been given by local residents and businesses, including people living at Mint Walk and Boxwood Way, Sussex Demolition, the Scouts and the Nippertime playgroup.

The installation is expected to take place at the end of June and residents can contact customerservices@tandridge.gov.uk if they have any questions.

Councillor Pat Cannon, Chair of the Community Services Committee, said: “The persistent acts of vandalism and other anti-social behaviour at the Mint Walk play area, has caused great anger and concern among the local community. Raising the funds to install CCTV has been a real team effort and we are very grateful to local residents for their contributions. Having installed a £35,000 piece of equipment last year which has already been damaged several times, we want this to act as a deterrent and give us the ability to catch and prosecute future offenders. This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and offenders will be prosecuted. Providing a safe environment in which children can play, explore and enjoy being outside is something we take great pride in.”


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