Night times set to get safer in West End, March, as �90,000 CCTV and lighting installed

NIGHT times will be safer for users of West End Park, March, once a �90,000 CCTV and street lighting scheme is complete.

Work starts on Monday to install the cameras and lights in the park and is likely to take three weeks to complete.

Councillor Jan French said she was delighted work was about to start on the scheme for which she and fellow councillor Kit Owen had been campaigning since 2003.

“Back then the skate park was only just being installed,” said Cllr French.

She said they had “nagged” Council Leader Alan Melton to fund the improvements and Cabinet had agreed to put the works into the capital programme.

“Due to the amount of work involved it has taken some time to get sorted, but at last work is about to start,” she added.

The works will include:

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The installation of two new CCTV cameras located at the Skate Bowl and Marylebone Bridge.

The installation of 20 new street lights, incorporating LED technology.

The removal of existing, defective street lights between The Brewin Chase and Marylebone Bridge.

The installation of a new private service supply from Oxbow Crescent, leading to a new feeder pillar located near Marylebone Bridge.

The trenching, ducting and cabling works required to connect the new lighting system.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “This is very good news for March residents. The extra lighting and cameras that we are putting in will do a lot to make people using the park feel safer and more secure as well as making it easier to combat any anti-social behaviour there.”

Main contractor undertaking the work is C.G. Godfrey, from Spalding.

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