Where should the council put CCTV cameras in Mid Sussex?

Victoria Park, HH
Victoria Park, HH

Mid Sussex District Council has launched a public consultation to ask people where CCTV cameras should be installed.

There are 24 CCTV cameras currently in operation in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead and they are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by Sussex Police.

The existing cameras are in need of upgrading and the disrict and three town councils are considering the introduction of four additional cameras at; Victoria Park, Haywards Heath; St John’s Park, Burgess Hill; King George’s Field and Holtye Avenue, East Grinstead.

Views are needed to decide the positions of cameras.

Councillor Norman Webster, cabinet member for health and community, said: “With our current town centre CCTV cameras coming to the end of their working life and in need of replacement, now is the perfect time to review their location and make sure they are being as effective as they can be.

“We’ve worked in partnership with Sussex Police to review where crime and anti-social behaviour has taken place in our towns over the past few years. We’ve used this information to suggest the most appropriate, necessary and effective locations for CCTV cameras. Now it’s time for you to let us know what you think as part of this consultation.”

The council ensures all cameras are necessary, operated appropriately, do not negatively impact on privacy and are suitably located.

Consultation events will be held in all three towns during October and November 2015. Residents can also view proposals and comment online now at www.midsussex.gov.uk/consultation.

Anyone who would like a consultation form through the post can call 01444 477204 for a paper copy.