Two year wait for camera is ‘a joke’

David Nelson has raised �2000 for CCTV to be installed yet after two years the Council is yet to install them. Picture by Steve Brown.
David Nelson has raised �2000 for CCTV to be installed yet after two years the Council is yet to install them. Picture by Steve Brown.
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Fundraisers who collected more than £3,000 for CCTV camera’s to watch over the town’s war memorial following a vandal attack are still waiting for it to be installed, two years after the incident.

There was widespread public anger after vandals smashed lights and destroyed flowerbeds back in April 2013 and a subsequent public collection and fundraising followed to pay for the errection of a security camera.

It’s ridiculous that the collective powers of the Council and the police can’t get their acts together and get the camera installed

David Nelson

But a series of delays have left locals and community leaders frustrated and no nearer knowing if and when the camera will be installed.

David Nelson, Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants Assocaition chairman told the Gazette the delay was now seen by many in the community as a “joke”.

“It’s ridiculous that the collective powers of the Council and the police can’t get their acts together and get the camera installed,” he added.

“The community raised that money in good faith yet here we are still waiting, it’s unacceptable.”

Alan Shields, Fife Coucnil’s CCTV systems officer, said there had been delays in securing a battery for the equipment.

“There were technical issues and we had to look for an alternative supplier,” he said.

“Police Scotland have had similar issues but have managed to source another supplier to provide and maintain these unique battery units.

“Now that a resolution has been found, we will work closely with Police Scotland to have the equipment installed in the near future.”