Concern over time taken to repair York's Millennium Bridge camera

The broken CCTV camera at Millennium Bridge

The broken CCTV camera at Millennium Bridge

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

IT was installed at a cost of £8,000 to deter and help capture yobs and youngsters risking their lives at York’s Millennium Bridge.

But the CCTV camera, meant to survey the area on and around the bridge, has instead been hanging limply at the top of its pole, pointing straight down at the ground.

A Press reporter and Fishergate Green councillor Andy D’Agorne both spotted the problem and alerted City of York Council to the camera’s demise more than a week ago, and a council spokeswoman said yesterday that it had now been fixed.

Coun D’Agorne said he was concerned at the length of time taken to repair the camera, which helped to both deter and detect crime in the area, and provided reassurance for people using the bridge and paths. It also helped deter young people from risking their lives in summer by jumping from the bridge into the river.

He said the camera was working at tea-time last night, but he was dismayed the bridge lighting was now off and he would be making inquiries as to why this had happened.

The camera, situated just upstream of the bridge on the Butcher’s Terrace side of the River Ouse, was installed in 2001 when youngsters were causing concern by jumping into the River Ouse from the bridge.

Council officials said then that the system, which used digital technology and was directly linked to York police, would lead to the prosecution of those breaking the law on the bridge.

Peter Evely, the council’s then head of highway regulation, said vandals and other offenders could now be easily identified and prosecuted, enabling the police to stop vandalism, cut down public nuisance and improve public safety around the bridge.

He said: “The key to cutting down on vandalism and any antisocial behaviour around the bridge will be using these cameras to constantly monitor the situation.”

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10:00am Sat 19 Jan 13

hendom says...

In a week with poor weather and a backlog of tasks because of the Xmas break all being a drain on council resources, I don;t think a week to repair a camera (which for all I know may have required ordering replacement parts) is excessive. Sounds more like councillor 'point scoring' to me.
In a week with poor weather and a backlog of tasks because of the Xmas break all being a drain on council resources, I don;t think a week to repair a camera (which for all I know may have required ordering replacement parts) is excessive. Sounds more like councillor 'point scoring' to me. hendom
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10:01am Sat 19 Jan 13

PKH says...

I suspect the council had to call outside contractors in to fix it, therefore it taking over a week is hardly surprising, instead of living in the real world Coun D’Agorne is just point scoring and mischief making.
I suspect the council had to call outside contractors in to fix it, therefore it taking over a week is hardly surprising, instead of living in the real world Coun D’Agorne is just point scoring and mischief making. PKH
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10:09am Sat 19 Jan 13

roskoboskovic says...

the bloke is never happy.i was out a 7.00 am this morning and the cycle path linking fulford rd to the university across the moor was snow and ice free.some machine had been used to clear this in the early hours of a saturday morning whilst our streets just around the corner will remain grit free and iced over until we get a thaw.presumably d agorne and his cycling nazis can arrange snow free cycle paths and yet still finds time to moan.it s great living in the fulford rd area apart from the influx of bloody green party zealots.
the bloke is never happy.i was out a 7.00 am this morning and the cycle path linking fulford rd to the university across the moor was snow and ice free.some machine had been used to clear this in the early hours of a saturday morning whilst our streets just around the corner will remain grit free and iced over until we get a thaw.presumably d agorne and his cycling nazis can arrange snow free cycle paths and yet still finds time to moan.it s great living in the fulford rd area apart from the influx of bloody green party zealots. roskoboskovic
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3:29pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Mr Anderson says...

"Point scoring". There, I've said it too. Does that make me politically savvy?
"Point scoring". There, I've said it too. Does that make me politically savvy? Mr Anderson
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