Park CCTV is 'vital to protect our kids'
AN Ammanford councillor says CCTV in the area's park is essential to protect the town's children and residents.
At a town council meeting councillor Chris Jones said he would like to see cameras placed in Ammanford Park on Iscennen Road, despite the news that the council would have to pay for the devices themselves.
Mr Jones said: "We are not just protecting the splash pads but the kids that play in the park all year round, so it is protecting them.
"It would be there to protect the children when they are playing in the park, it is to give people peace of mind.
"The camera would give people a certain peace of mind, so that they know when they are walking through the park somebody is watching them."
After finding out their bid for a £5,000 grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner's Fund had been unsuccessful in August, councillors have now been told that it would be unlikely for them to get any grant funding to provide CCTV in the park.
PC Rob Chapman told the council that no CCTV camera application had been approved by the commissioner's fund.
Mr Chapman said: "If he thinks Ammanford Park should be covered by the council then he would not give it. It is a big investment, it is about £9,000."
He told the councillors that the main issues faced in Ammanford Park were theft, burglary and criminal damage, with the toilet block, cricket and bowls clubs being the main targets.
"Unless we come up with an initiative to lock the park then I do not have an alternative to CCTV.
"The camera on its own is a deterrent," Mr Chapman added.
Ammanford deputy mayor Jonathan Jennings said the council spending money on a CCTV camera would be worthwhile to protect their investment and assets.
Mr Jennings said: "You are spending £9,000 on protecting a £140,000 investment."
The town council agreed to look at purchasing the camera and let Mr Chapman get more information about a new camera and its costs.