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Council denies residents CCTV

Council denies residents CCTV

Local residents have united in their disappointment at a council's refusal to install CCTV systems at either end of their road.

Almost 90 families who live on Royston Avenue have now set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme to help cut the numbers of drug dealers, robbers and vandals operating in the area.

Organiser Mary Gilchrist told the Guardian Series that Waltham Council's decision was a "blow".

"I know we have a Neighbourhood Watch now but none of us could go up and confront these people face-to-face. This would have been a real deterrent," she added.

Fellow neighbour Jillian Jacobs added that the cameras are one of the most effective ways of stopping criminals from entering the area.

Despite Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith backing the residents' pleas for the CCTV, a council spokesperson said that the costs would be "too prohibitive" given the financial pressures that the authority currently have

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