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New Milton's muga set for £10,000 CCTV upgrade to combat vandalism

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A NEW Milton's sports area is set for a £10,000 CCTV revamp to combat vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

There have been growing calls to improve coverage in light of repeated attacks on the muga – multi-use games area – near the recreation ground off Whitefield Road.

As reported in the A&T, the town council has been forced to impose lengthy closures for costly repairs which were then delayed further due to supply issues.

The New Milton muga has been repeatedly hit by vandals
The New Milton muga has been repeatedly hit by vandals

The latest amenities committee meeting heard Brian Byrne, New Forest District Council’s service manager for housing, community safety and CCTV, had advised installation would cost around £10,000 plus VAT.

One incident of vandalism at the muga last summer saw equipment damaged, fences and padlocks cut, bins set alight, and broken glass scattered across the area. It cost the council around £15,500 to put right.

The hedge along both the muga and neighbouring tennis courts’ Whitefield Road boundary has already been replaced with a post and rail fence to improve visibility.

Amenities members also suggested improved CCTV coverage in other parts of the town, particularly in Barton, but were told this was not being considered.

Last summer NFDC rejected a bid to install CCTV on Barton clifftop after a string of vandalism, including the village’s Christmas tree being chopped down in December 2020.

It was also hoped a camera could be installed near the toilets on the beach to cover previously vandalised beach huts.

Following a vote, the committee recommended the town council earmarks up to £10,000 for additional muga CCTV from community infrastructure levy money.

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