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Cameras for town car park

NEW CCTV cameras are to be installed in Bognor Regis’ multi-storey car park to cut anti-social behaviour.


The cameras will be put into place in the Fitzleet site’s stairwells next week.


Arun District Council has bought the equipment after a spate of yobbish behaviour in the car park above the Morrisons’ store in Bedford Street.


The cameras’ arrival was confirmed at the council’s Bognor Regis regeneration sub-committee on Monday. They will be maintained by Arun.


Sub-committee chairman Cllr Phil Hitchins (C, Aldwick W) said: “We have got to keep building out anti-social behaviour. The more we can do that the better.”


Calvin Baylis, the council’s customer and parking services manager, told councillors last week: “We are installing some more CCTV cameras in Fitzleet in the stairwells because of the anti-social behaviour that is taking place there.


“The images we can get from those cameras are better than we have in the past. The hope is that they will deter anti-social behaviour.”


Residents have complained on social media about some of the incidents which have taken place at the car park. They have included at least one trolley being pushed off the top storey.


Cllr Jim Brooks (I, Marine) said at last week’s meeting of Arun’s environment and leisure working group more maintenance needed to be carried out at the car park. The signage in particular needed to be improved.


“I am glad to see something happening at Fitzleet. I feel it’s dangerous. The arrows on the Tarmac are faded. You can’t see which way to go,” he said.


Cllr Hitchins said he had met with Paul Wells, chairman of the Bognor Regis Business Improvement District, at the car park the previous week to talk about putting in better signs.


“I have reported the outcome of that meeting to the council’s officers. We are going to be doing something with the signage, especially,” he said.


“We are looking at how we can change bits and pieces in Fitzleet and how we can get rid of the anti-social behaviour, especially that which is going on in the stairwells.”


Mr Baylis also told the working group the council’s 24 pay and display car parks produced £1,139,366 from charges in the year to the end of last March.


A further £56,400 came from the sale of annual and seasonal permits.


The council hired eight parking enforcement officers. They issued 7,359 penalty charge notices in the same period. Arun has to spend the surplus – currently £90,000 – generated from the income on car parks.


Of the planned schemes, £26,000 will go on resurfacing and £24,000 on planting and landscaping at various sites.


Mr Baylis stated Arun would make its pay by phone trial permanent because it had been a success. The first 15 months had seen nearly 75,000 transactions made.


Contactless parking was also being considered for the seafront seasonal car park, like Gloucester Road and the Regis Centre in Bognor Regis.

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