Search

Council meeting to discuss £2m overhaul of borough’s “archaic” CCTV system

PUBLISHED: 10:55 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:55 13 March 2017

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, with Tony Porter, the Home Office’s Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England and Wales. (Photo: Brent Council)

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, with Tony Porter, the Home Office’s Surveillance Camera Commissioner for England and Wales. (Photo: Brent Council)

Archant

The Cabinet will meet tonight to consider switching to a modern CCTV system to help curb street drinking and make streets safer.

Plans to make Brent safer are set to get the green light tonight as the council’s cabinet will be asked to give their backing to a report calling for improved CCTV and a new proposal to curb street drinking.

The report reccommends spending around £2 million to overhaul the borough’s 20-year-old CCTV system, described as “archaic” and requiring “an upgrade”, rather than paying increased costs to maintain it.

Instead, it suggests changing to a wireless system allowing for a more cost-efficient and flexible CCTV network and enabling cameras to be easily relocated to crime hotspots.

The cabinet will also consider a proposal to better combat street drinking. Despite the whole borough being made a controlled drinking zone since 2007, anti-social behaviour linked to prohibited street drinking is still an issue in areas including Harlesden, Kilburn, Ealing Road, Neasden, Wembley Park and Sudbury.

It is therefore proposed that the council introduces Public Spaces Protection Orders in those areas over a six-month period to tackle the issue - a breach of which would constitute a criminal offence carrying a fine of up to £1,000.

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said: “Our proposals to improve our CCTV and tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour follow the recent work we have we been doing in getting more police on our streets, in tackling crime linked to rogue shisha outlets and underlines our commitment in making Brent safer.

“The investment in CCTV would not only replace a dated twentieth century system, but will mean we’ll get a state-of-the-art, more flexible and cost-efficient system that ensures we can maintain a network that helps to keep residents safe.

“We are also considering measures to introduce Public Spaces Protection Orders for street drinking, demonstrating that while we will always help those vulnerable people battling addiction, we will always take a zero tolerance approach towards anti-social behaviour.”

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

14:05

A Wembley mother who was spared jail for posting Islamic State propaganda on Facebook is to have her sentenced challenged by the Attorney General.

A man has admitted ploughing into two Brent police officers in a sports car, leaving one critically injured.

Yesterday, 19:05

Supermarket chiefs in Wembley are being served a notice to sort out persistent noise made in its car park following seven years of complaints by residents.

Yesterday, 18:40

An 86-year-old pensioner who went missing from Willesden has been found.

Yesterday, 16:19

Health chiefs in Brent are urging people to avoid going to hospital if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms in order to protect other patients.

Yesterday, 11:37

A Neasden motorist is appealing a fine claiming a ticket was issued when a “no right turn” sign was either not visible or missing in Queen’s Park.

Yesterday, 11:12

Environmental officers are investigating whether leaking paint during a devastating factory blaze has contaminated the Welsh Harp reservoir.

Tue, 16:53

Police are appealing for help in finding a missing 86-year-old woman from Willesden who has dementia.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Louise McGowan, who started as headmistress of Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in September, speaks to education editor James Scott about life at the school.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now