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Barton could host locally-monitored CCTV to combat vandalism

LOCALLY-monitored CCTV could be installed at Barton to deter troublemakers following a string of vandalism incidents.

New Milton Town Council has been looking into adding surveillance along the clifftop, with coverage particularly wanted by the public toilets off Marine Drive near the site where the village’s Christmas tree was chopped down last December.

But Cllr Alan O’Sullivan told an online amenities committee meeting that any camera there could not be connected to New Forest District Council’s main monitoring station.

Vandals hacked down a Christmas tree on Barton clifftop last year
Vandals hacked down a Christmas tree on Barton clifftop last year

A recent site visit with NFDC’s service manager for housing, community safety and CCTV, Brian Byrne, established a very expensive cabled connection up to New Milton would be needed.

But Cllr O’Sullivan said: “There is an idea to have local cameras at the toilets with a facility within the toilets to record what they pick up.”

The toilets on the beach below could also host CCTV, with a hope that previously vandalised beach huts could be covered.

The town council’s working party will report back with updates from NFDC, Cllr O’Sullivan added.

Cllr Robert Murrow responded: “As far as I’m concerned, anything that will deter the problems we’ve had in the past would be good.”

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