STONEHAVEN and District Community Council is asking for CCTV in the town centre after the recent spate of vandalism in the public toilets.
As the culprits appear to be in action late in the afternoon, Aberdeenshire Council have decided to close the Margaret Street toilets at 4pm. Speaking at Tuesday night’s meeting in the former court house, Chairman David Lawman said it was a shame the town was losing four hours of access to the toilets each day – they used to stay open until 8pm.
”I agree there is a problem, but I don’t think this is the solution,” he said.
Cllr Dawn Black told members the matter had been brought up at the councillors’ ward meeting and that the possiblity of CCTV was discussed – not just for the toilets, but also for the Market Square, taxi rank and community garden.
”It was thought this was something where the council could assist a town group,” she said.
On agenda for Town Centre Improvement Group
Stonehaven would not be the first town in the North-east to take such a measure to curb anti-social behaviour. CTV is already in operation in Peterhead and Fraserburgh
Ms Black said the installation of CCTV would be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Town Centre Improvement Group – led by the area manager Bruce Stewart and has representatives from local groups including the Business Association, the Community Council, the Stonehaven Town Partnership and Horizon.
”This will allow aspects such as who is responsible for the CCTV equipment and footage to be explored,” she said.
A show of hands made it clear the move had unanimous support from the Community Council.
Mr Lawman added: ”The last thing we can do is stop having facilities because of vandals.”