New anti-crime initiatives have made a popular park in Banbury safer thanks to additional lighting and state-of-the-art CCTV cameras funded by the town council.
The lighting and security improvements were promised in the council’s budget statement earlier this year and work has been carried out during the summer to get the equipment up and running.
The council spent £5,000 on the additional CCTV and £3,000 on more powerful lighting. Another £2,000 will be invested next year on further lights in the park.
Cllr Colin Clarke, chairman of the council’s general services committee, said: “Banbury Town Council is responsible for all the parks and open spaces in the town and does its best to make them safe so that they can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
“These improvements will go a long way to making People’s Park safe at all times.”
The cameras are directly linked to surveillance screens in the town’s police station and can be guided by CCTV operators in the control room.
Councillor Kieron Mallon, leader of Banbury Town Council, said: “Banbury is a safe place to live, but occasionally problems occur – sometimes in People’s Park.
“The new lighting and the improved security cameras will increase safety at all times – and particularly after dark. Anyone who commits an offence, day or night, will be caught on camera and brought to justice.”
Councillor Mallon added that the council was able to make improvements in services in many areas without increasing its portion of council tax, which has remained at £122.12 a year since 2010.