Todwick: Parish council seeks park CCTV

Todwick recreation ground
Todwick recreation ground

Todwick folk could soon find themselves caught on camera after the parish council announced it was seeking to put CCTV cameras at the recreation ground.

Parish council vice-chairman and chair of the recreation committee, David Gregory, said Todwick was not ‘plagued’ by problems, but that specific issues needed addressing.

One incident over the summer saw the village pavilion off Goosebarr Lane, broken into, with fire extinguishers set off and chairs thrown around the building.

Mr Gregory said: “They completely trashed the place, and for no apparent reason - we were lucky that there were enough of us nearby to clean it up reasonably quickly.”

“When we contacted police, one of the first things they asked was if we had CCTV.”

“The hope is that it would act as a deterrent if people knew their faces would be recognised.”

The second reason behind the decision is a problem Mr Gregory said was not as bad compared to other areas - dog fouling.

He said: “We have a no dogs rule on the recreation ground - there are lots of children who play there, and dog mess is a health hazard.”

“It’s only a very small percentage of dog owners who seem to ignore the rules, but when challenged in the past we’ve been met with nothing but foul language - it’s hard to know what to do in that situation.”

“We’ve sought legal advice, and believe that with CCTV in place, we could name and shame the culprits.”

The parish council are currently seeking quotes for CCTV systems, with the aim of having the cameras installed as soon as possible to prevent further incidents.

The council is also raising money for a new pavilion which, in light of recent events, would come equipped with CCTV to protect the new building from vandals.

Mr Gregory continued: “I know that if you compare Todwick to other areas in the few miles around, our problems can seem small.”

“Nevertheless, we are custodians of public money and have a duty to offer the best facilities we can to the local residents - installing CCTV is a relatively simple step we can take to do that.”