CCTV camera in historic gardens gets green light - The Leamington Observer

CCTV camera in historic gardens gets green light

Leamington Editorial 25th Jun, 2024   0

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a CCTV camera in Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens have been given the green-light.

Warwick District Council plans committee granted permission for the installation of a camera on a five metre column.

It was the height of the free standing column which sparked a number of objections, including from Leamington Town Council and the Leamington Society, which both had concerns over its visual impact in the historic gardens.

That concern was backed by the Conservation Advisory Forum, which while acknowledging the increased safety the camera would provide, thought the structure was too large and would prove an eyesore in the gardens which have listed status.

It recommended a smaller pole with a black finish, Victorian styling and dome

camera would be more sympathetic and less intrusive.

During the course of the planning application the height of the column had already been reduced to five metres and re-positioned closer to the River Leam – both to make it less intrusive.

The design has also been updated to a black column with a ‘heritage’ design.

And there was support for the installation, including from Warwickshire Police, with those in favour arguing it would help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

WDC’s conservation officer also reported other locations had been considered but were ruled unsuitable due to line of sight issues.

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