Grant Boosts Orpen Hall CCTV

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Grant Boosts Orpen Hall CCTV

We have been awarded £1,000 to upgrade existing CCTV equipment and install extra cameras around Orpen Memorial Hall.

New HD cameras will provide maximum visual coverage around the building.  This will help address a rise in crime and antisocial behaviour in recent months including:

  • teenagers climbing onto the roof,
  • fights,
  • vehicle damage,
  • vandalism, and
  • suspected drug dealing.

Application to Safer Rural Communities Fund

The award follows a successful application to the Safer Rural Communities Fund; this is part of the Rural Crime Toolkit launched by Colchester Borough Council in October 2019 and supported by the Safer Colchester Partnership.

The Toolkit, developed alongside the Essex Police Rural Crime Strategy, provides advice and guidance to rural communities.  It helps to identify the problems, practical solutions, preventative measures and a guide on how to apply for funding.

Non-Profit Groups Can Apply

Up to £1,000 per application is available from the fund set up to support schemes that tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in Colchester’s rural areas.

Applications are invited from not-for-profit groups, including:

  • voluntary/charitable organisations,
  • community groups,
  • parish councils,
  • faith groups and
  • community interest companies to fund initiatives in qualifying wards.

Cllr Mike Lilley, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities, Wellbeing and Public Safety, said:

I’m delighted that we have been able to support West Bergholt Parish Council with this key funding, which will help to prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and support local residents.
We all have a part to play in making our communities safer, friendlier and more liveable. We’re building on the council’s investment in Police numbers, by offering this toolkit and committing funding to support the implementation of schemes that tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in rural areas.
Our toolkit and funding supports the delivery of our pledge to make streets safer and our communities more resilient. By working with parish councils, businesses and the Police, we will reduce the impact crime has on our rural communities, helping to create a Better Colchester.”


If you would like to know about the Parish Council’s policies regarding use of CCTV you can review their CCTV Policy as well as other relevant documents here