Plans are afoot to put a new state-of-the-art CCTV camera in People’s Park in a major boost for one of the town’s ‘jewels in the crown’.
The move has come from Banbury Town Council and will be welcomed by residents living near to the park and those who walk through it, following concerns about safety.
The application has been put to Cherwell District Council to remove a lighting column in People’s Park, currently positioned near the entrance area off the Leys, and replace it with a new ten metre column and CCTV camera.
This boasts infra-red and white light units to provide clear coverage at night.
Kieron Mallon, leader of Banbury Town Council, said: “Banbury is one of the safest places to live in the Thames Valley area.
“The town council does its part as a member of Cherwell Crime Partnership to commit each year to initiatives to help keep the town safe and enjoyable for people at night and during the day.
“We have put money into the budget to upgrade lighting and CCTV in People’s Park as not only is it one of the jewels in Banbury’s crown, the park is a major pedestrian thoroughfare.”
The plans follow a recent survey in which the town council asked 4,000 residents about their parks and open spaces.
In the 420 responses they received, 30 per cent said they use People’s Park and of these, 23 per cent said they would like more CCTV coverage in the park, especially at night.
A statement from the town council supporting the plan, said: “The reason for the application is the perceived fear that local residents have regarding safety in People’s Park. Over the last two years there have been approximately four serious assaults in the park, the latest one being on Saturday, May 23 of this year.
“Although there is a CCTV camera in the park it only has limited coverage primarily of the entrance area off the Leys.
“With its central position this camera will have much wider coverage and provide excellent night time images.”