Lighting and CCTV set to make park feel safer

Published
14.03.2022

Work is currently taking place to improve lighting around Gloucester Park to make it feel safer and more welcoming for all.

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It follows money being secured by Gloucestershire's Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Gloucester City Council from the Home Office Safer Streets Fund.

The funding sees the installation of additional lighting and CCTV cameras around Gloucester Park, Napier park and Sinope Street with the aim of improving the safety of all, with a focus on women and girls.

The work that has now started and is set to be completed by Easter includes:

Gloucester Park

  • Lighting and CCTV installed throughout the park including tree and fountain lighting.
  • Solar lighting also installed on the basketball courts and the skate park where the lights have motion sensors that vary the brightness.
  • Street lighting upgraded around the park and along the pathway behind the cricket club, from Trier Road to Spa Road.

Napier Park

  • CCTV and lighting installed at the park.

Sinope St car park

  • Panoramic CCTV camera within the car park.
  • Mobile CCTV cameras installed around the car park.

Users of the three sites are being reminded that there could be some disruption while the improvements are carried out.

Councillor Justin Hudson, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council, said: “We know there’s a lot of interest in this project and local people are very keen for it to get underway. We’re pleased to be able to say that work has now started and will be completed over the next few weeks. I hope it will go some way to making all women and young girls feel safer in these areas which is something everyone should have a right to.”

Chris Nelson, Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Proactive collaboration like this is exactly what I hoped to achieve when I became PCC. I understand that tackling Violence and Intimidation Against Women and Girls (VIAWG) is far more complex than the installation of cameras and lighting, but this is a very positive and tangible step in our mission to make Gloucestershire much safer for women.

“CCTV will make a real difference to the safety of people using these parks, and I’m very pleased to see such positive collaboration between Gloucester City Council and my office to make this a reality.”

Anyone who has any feedback or suggestions around the scheme should email community.wellbeing@gloucester.gov.uk.

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