New Doncaster CCTV has it covered

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Newly installed CCTV cameras at St James flats in Doncaster town centre are helping to dramatically reduce the amount of anti-social behaviour at the estate.

Previous problems in the Balby Bridge area included large groups congregating in stairwells, people urinating and defecating in communal places, open drug usage and extensive littering and fly tipping.

The cameras have now been installed in all of the stairwells and communal areas at the flats, funded by St Leger Homes, the arms length management company who look after Council housing in Doncaster.

“The problems at the estate were occurring on a nightly basis before these cameras were fitted,” said Bill Hotchkiss, Head of Community Safety for Doncaster Council.

“We are now in the positive position where we have seen a dramatic reduction in incidents and more importantly there has been no dispersal to other parts of the estate.”

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said: “It is essential that we safeguard the wellbeing of the residents of these flats and ensure that everyone has the peaceful lives they are entitled to. We have taken the step to increase the amount of CCTV at the site, and this has had an immediate and positive effect on behaviours at the estate, saving valuable resources in dealing with these issues. We will continue our zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour by taking measures such as these.”

This news comes just as the community safety consultation launches on January 20. This will be a chance for residents across Doncaster to have their say on crime and anti-social behaviour, and what they would like to see change and improve in the coming years.

Residents can have their say at the Council Civic Office One Stop Shop, Waterdale, on Tuesday February 4, 9am-noon, and Monday February 17 noon-4pm, or by filling in the survey online

Council area teams will also be carrying out consultation across the borough in the coming months.

Mayor Jones said: “We welcome anyone to have their say on community safety, which will help us to plan services for the coming years. Making Doncaster a safe place for all has always been and will continue to be one of my top priorities.”

The community safety consultation runs from January 20 to March 20.