Sunday 26 February 2017

CCTV in playgrounds too costly, say council

THE COUNCIL does not intend to install CCTV at its playgrounds to tackle anti-social behaviour at the facilities at night.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Cian O'Callaghan (Lab) suggested that a CCTV system in playgrounds in his electoral area of Howth / Malahide might be a deterrent to antisocial behaviour but the council said the move would be too expensive. The local authority explained: 'CCTV has been installed in a number of our regional parks where there is a Park Ranger service as well as monitoring facilities in place. ' The Council does not have CCTV systems installed in playgrounds outside of these parks.'

Outlining the heavy cost if such a move was undertaken, the council said: ' The estimated cost of installing CCTV systems ranges from €5,000 to €20,000 depending on the system chosen. ' There would be additional maintenance and monitoring costs estimated at €6,000 per annum per playground. ' The cost of installing CCTV systems is considered prohibitive in the current climate. 'It should be noted that sites were generally approved through Part VIII process and were carefully chosen to allow for passive supervision while not being located too close to existing residents.'

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