CCTV finally set for vandal-hit Mexborough park

Sean Gibbons is unhappy about the vandalism on the park on Park road, Mexborough. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sean Gibbons is unhappy about the vandalism on the park on Park road, Mexborough. Picture: Andrew Roe
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CCTV cameras are finally set to be installed at a vandal-hit community park - six months after plans for the scheme were first revealed.

Residents have long called for action to tackle youth nuisance at Victoria Park play area in Mexborough which has seen dozens of vandalism, graffiti and arson attacks in recent months.

Community leaders asked Doncaster Council chiefs to install cameras at the park as a deterrent following a string of fires at the site in April.

A council spokesman previously said the authority must fulfil numerous legal obligations first as the cameras will be sited at a facility used by children, but an order is now in the process of being submitted for two night-vision cameras from Doncaster-based CCTV Revolution.

Conisbrough man Jason Morris, 43, managing director of CCTV Revolution, said: “The council got intouch last week and they are just preparing the details to send in an order to us. It is all being done at a lower price and should help to improve the lives of residents there.”

Father-of-two Sean Gibbons, aged 40, a member of Mexborough Common Tenants And Residents Association, which has been involved in discussions over the project, said: “It has taken a long time to get to this point.

“In these last six months the play area has been attacked continually but we are sure the cameras will provide a deterrent.

“I’m told they will be put up on Kirby Street overlooking the park within the next few weeks.”

Karen Johnson, assistant director of adults and communities services, has previously said the council is working hard to get the cameras installed as soon as possible.