CCTV BOOST FOR RESIDENTS

Residents of Sadler Close Housing Estate, Mitcham have reason to celebrate following a successful bid to pay for a permanent network of CCTV cameras.

Merton Partnership Against Crime, made up of the council, police and other partners has landed a grant of £131,900 to install 11 permanent cameras on the estate where a temporary, four-camera system currently operates.

The new cameras will be linked in to the central system, currently made up of 50 cameras around the borough with another 30 already pencilled in. The system is monitored 24 hours a day and is directly linked to the police control room.

Councillor Edith Macauley, Lavender Ward councillor, said: “I am delighted that we have received this money, it represents a lot of hard work and shows that we have listened to residents’ concerns.”

Councillor Macauley added: “For more than a year now, the Council, as part of Merton Partnership Against Crime, has been working with local residents, the police, the Housing Authority and Groundwork Merton to tackle crime and the underlying causes of crime on the estate.

“The grant for the cameras is one step towards improving the quality of life for local residents.”

Councillor Andrew Judge, Leader of the Council, said: “The deployment of CCTV on Sadler Close is part of Merton’s Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy and I am very pleased to hear we have been successful with this bid.

“The cameras will be supported by Neighbourhood Wardens, targeted detached youth work, specific police activity and focused housing management.”

Ron Johnson, Chairman of the Sadler Close Tenants and Residents Association, that worked with MPAC to develop the bid, said: “We are very pleased with the grant for permanent CCTV in Sadler Close.

“It shows what can be achieved when residents, the council and the police work together. We expect CCTV will play a big role in reducing crime and disorder on the estate and that can only be good news for everyone.”

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