Aston and Ladywood which has higher then usual crime statistics are to lose camera despite my feedback having spoken to residents in Ladywood is that these camera's act as a deterent, especially with Anti-Social Behaviour and gatherings.
I just wonder, just as the issue with the Library at Springhill, where is the effective public consultation on this, as it is the local community that must feel safe. I do appreciate that many did not welcome camera's initially, however, they have had their uses, especially in assisting in some serious high profile tragic cases in assisting in indentifying and bringing culprits to justice.
At a time when we see, the lessening of Police Patrols in areas owing to resourcing issues and now the switching off on Camera's in line with Government guidelines, instead of public safety and confidence through consultation, by a compliant Council that in my view and many others, based on the feedback that I am getting are not fighting as head as we expect for our City.
Neil Pickles of Big Brother Watch on WM said this morning that the removal of these cameras could and cooperation will see a reduction in crime and in 12 months time a question will be ask as to why have then in the first place?
Having been on the ground in Ladywood I personally can see the benefits to neighbourhoods of CCTV and indeed many of the blacks of flat have this also, which does provide that extra peace of mind for residents.
The key question is however, were you consulted?
Your opinion does matter, as we are One Community.