Published Thursday, 9 July 2020
Waverley Borough Council officers have installed CCTV cameras at a Senior Living scheme in Farncombe, to act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the area.
Four cameras have been installed, with two covering internal areas at the scheme, and two covering external areas including the car park and an underpass, where ASB has been reported on several occasions.
The Safer Waverley Partnership, which includes representatives of the council, Surrey Police and local schools and volunteer organisations has been working on a multi-agency response to tackle ASB in the area. This has seen an increase in the Police presence in the area, and in March, a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) was secured against an individual at Surrey Youth Court. The CBO placed restrictions on the individual’s behaviour and travel to certain exclusion zones in Farncombe, Godalming and Guildford.
Unfortunately, a planned increase in leisure activities for young people, and youth outreach and mentoring work by local volunteer organisations has had to be suspended during lockdown. It is hoped that this work can begin in the near future.
Councillor Anne-Marie Rosoman, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Safety, commented: “Borough Commander, Gary Smith and the Surrey Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team have put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes to address the ASB in our communities.
“This can be a complex and challenging issue to deal with, particularly when it involves children and young people, and requires a multi-agency response. As part of the Safer Waverley Partnership, we are committed to working with and supporting the Police, our other local partners and members of the public to combat ASB and keep our residents safe. That’s why I’m very pleased we’ve now installed CCTV cameras at Bowring House. This, I hope, will help reassure both residents of the scheme and the wider community, so that they can feel safe in an area where ASB has been identified as an issue in the past.
“This is a great example of how we want to work together going forward – engaging with local people to understand their issues and then working with our partners to implement a joined-up response that will really work for our communities.”
Borough Commander, Gary Smith, said: “We appreciate that an ongoing number of incidents of ASB in and around Farncombe have understandably concerned local residents. We are grateful to those that have taken the time to report these to allow us to deal with it.
“As well as increasing patrols in problem areas, the latest step in the right direction to tackle the issue has seen the installation of CCTV cameras in and around Bowring House. Working with The Safer Waverley Partnership, the installation of these cameras means we have constant ‘eyes and ears’ on this area and can act quickly to address any problems. Hopefully the cameras will deter any offenders, however the footage will also provide us with evidential opportunities if offences continue.
“We fully understand how distressing ASB can be for the entire community and urge you to continue to report any offences.”