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Ryan Priest calls for Cradley CCTV

April 23, 2021 3:21 PM

RP WMH

Liberal Democrat candidate for Cradley and Wollescote Ryan Priest has written to Dudley Council and Network West Midlands asking for CCTV to be installed in Colley Gate.

Several concerned residents have been in touch with Ryan about anti-social behaviour and drug dealing taking place on the council-owned car park on Maple Tree Lane as well as in the Colley Gate bus stops.

Ryan Priest said: "Colley Gate has, unfortunately, for as long as I remember, attracted anti-social behaviour. While it has been getting better in recent years, the number of people I have spoken to who are concerned is evidence that we still have more to do.

"I wrote to Dudley Council and Network West Midlands asking for CCTV to be installed in Colley Gate in an attempt to deter troublemakers.

"Cameras are one way we can tackle crime in our community, but what we really need is community police officers back on our streets"

Ryan has also asked the council to clarify whether or not the new CCTV cameras in Lye have even been switched on, following rumours that the cost of maintaining the system is too high.

Ryan added "I do sincerely hope that these new cameras across the borough are working, and if not, will at least be working soon. Otherwise, they are just an election stunt by the Conservative party. Using public funds to give their candidates a boost in the polls is outrageous, it borders on corruption. Residents want action all year round, not just in the months before an election."