Closed Circuit Television cameras could be installed in the main streets of both Cashel and Tipperary town in the near future, following a motion by Cllr Martin Browne.
At this month’s Municipal District Meeting, Cllr Browne called on the local authority to “try and source funding to install CCTV cameras on the Main Streets of Tipperary and Cashel towns.”
The motion follows a month of several incidents in the town when vandals tore down flower boxes on the Main Street, and threw eggs at another man’s house in the Lower Gate.
“If you installed cameras on both ends of the Main Street, you’d cover 90% of the road,” said Cllr Browne.
“It would pick up the damage being done.” It was “heartbreaking” for Tidy Towns volunteers to come out and see the damage done from the night before.
Senior Engineer Mr Aidan Finn said they had looked at introducing this technology before, but the costs proved too prohibitive.
“The technology had moved on a lot,” he said. “It came up at a recent RAPID meeting. They’ve done something similar in Nenagh. It must be costed. We can house the equipment necessary for it.” Previously, the kit would have cost up to €200,000, but now it’s a “lot less.” Mr Finn said it was not just a case of finding the funding for it.
Cllr Roger Kennedy said the issue had been raised at Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meetings. Cllr Denis Leahy said many crimes have been solved arising from CCTV. “Tipperary Town Council was next in line for CCTV” until the economic crisis hit.
Cllr John Crosse said CCTV could be a huge asset in curbing anti-social behaviour, and littering. “It’s a huge win win for everybody.”
Meanwhile, Cllr Michael Fitzgerald said he had received an email regarding the speed of traffic going down Boherclough Street.
The traffic “is right up against the doors of houses. And it has increased since the bypass. We need to look at traffic safety, especially when people are getting more elderly.”
Senior Engineer Aidan Finn said that area of Lower Gate is due for “re-construction” in 2017.
“We will take all those things on board. The junction at the Lower Gate is not very suitable either.
“It is a regional road. Traffic will only continue to get worse. There is no quick fix solution.”