Rutland County Council told to move CCTV pole

A new CCTV pole installed by Rutland County Council on Royce Recreation Ground in Oakham. EMN-150909-092657001

A new CCTV pole installed by Rutland County Council on Royce Recreation Ground in Oakham. EMN-150909-092657001

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A CCTV pole that has faced opposition from people living nearby will now be taken down at the request of councillors.

Oakham Town Council has voted to ask Rutland County Council to remove the 12m pole that was put up in Princess Avenue, by Royce Recreation Ground in Oakham, in August.

The pole is part of a wider county council programme to improve CCTV coverage in Rutland. But many residents living in Princess Avenue are unhappy with it, complaining that they were not consulted and would lose their privacy.

Furthermore the pole was put up on town council land without the authority’s permission.

Town councillors discussed the matter at the end of November and voted to insist that the county council remove the CCTV pole.

Deputy mayor Adam Lowe said: “After much discussion the council proposal and decision with eight for and one against was that the pole is removed from its current location and Rutland County Council contemplate relocating the pole in an alternative position that covers a similar area after consulting with residents and the town council.”

County council leader Roger Begy (Con), portfolio holder for community safety, said consultation had shown “considerable” support for CCTV coverage from people living near the recreation ground, and the camera location was chosen to tackle anti-social behaviour.

He added: “However, following Oakham Town Council’s decision to refuse permission for the siting of this equipment, we are taking steps to remove the column.

“We are now consulting with the Town Council in the hope of identifying an alternative site for the camera. This will be dependent on the equipment still being available.”