Lydiard House adds CCTV to combat vandalism


September 1, 2009

Lydiard Park in Swindon will soon have nine CCTV cameras to combat vandalism in the area.

In the past the Park has seen windows busted at Lydiard House and a bench set on fire.

The cameras will be installed by the end of 2008 at a cost of £30,000.

Swindon’s lead member for leisure and corporate services, Councillor Keith Williams, stated that due to some reports of vandalism the park decided to place the cameras throughout the area.

He also said the funding would come from the £5m that the park has received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Despite the high cost, William said that the cameras would still be less costly than hiring security staff to work around the clock.

Lydiard Park offers a Heritage House previously occupied by the Bolingboke family, a children’s play area, 260 aces of parkland, and a walled garden that was restored from the 18th century.

Stuart Webb, the park manager, stated that the vandalism comes from being located on the boundary line of Swindon and that the park has experienced problems over the last few years.

He continued to say that the CCTV cameras are aimed at making people feel safe while visiting the park.






 

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