East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, is calling for the installation of comprehensive CCTV systems throughout the former Carrickfergus and Larne Council areas to match those in Ballymena, and in order to help curtail the senseless damage being perpetrated on facilities such as the Marine Highway Play Park in Carrickfergus.
Mr Dickson made his call following the damage inflicted by mindless vandals last week on the popular children’s facility.
He went on to say: “My colleagues on Carrickfergus Council attempted to have cameras installed a couple of years ago, but could not get the backing of other councillors.
“The installations do not have to be monitored 24/7 but could be used to extract the evidence following such an event, thereby bringing the culprits to justice. Once word gets round that evidence can be captured and criminals brought to book this type of senseless wanton destruction would vastly reduce or be totally eliminated.
“Ballymena has a CCTV system and a monitoring facility into which the systems for Larne and Carrickfergus could be integrated and potentially monitored 27/7. The new council must not repeat the failure of Carrickfergus Council to protect the town’s assets. It ought to act now by taking proactive steps to defend our landmark facilities so that rate payers, and our children, can enjoy safe and well maintained facilities.