A CRIME-busting CCTV camera to protect a new outdoor fitness and play area in Hucknall from vandalism and anti-social behaviour has been given the green light.
A total of £153,000 was spent last year on the adiZone at the Albert Street Recreation Ground, next to Hucknall Leisure Centre.
Sportswear giant adidas was involved in the project, which offers gym equipment, basketball and football areas, a freestyle area for dance, aerobics and martial arts, tennis wall and climbing wall — all free of charge.
Calls were soon made for security to be improved to protect such an expensive initiative.
And now, although the adiZone has been spared vandalism attacks so far, members of Ashfield District Council’s Cabinet have backed moves for the CCTV camera.
The equipment, which will cost £2,364, will integrate with the current surveillance system operated and monitored at the leisure centre, off Linby Road.
In a report to the Cabinet, council officers stated: “It would seem prudent to spend a relatively small amount of money to help to safeguard equipment worth more than £150,000.”
The cash to put up the camera will come from more than £125,000 already earmarked to improve the Albert Street ‘rec’. The funding pot is made up of section 106 money — contributions to improve local open space and infrastructure donated by housing developers.
The new camera will have a range of 20 metres and will supply good images in the dark. It is seen as crucial as a deterrent and to help identify vandsls who causes trouble on the adiZone.