TRADERS say they are being treated like ‘second class citizens’ amid claims CCTV cameras in Leyland protect statues instead of shops.
South Ribble Council has spent £300,000 on a project to renovate Hough Lane, including installing a new CCTV camera to cover a bronze statue and ornamental gates outside the town’s market.
But it has now been discovered that the main CCTV camera at the corner of Hough Lane and Turpin Green Lane doesn’t work after a shopkeeper had his window smashed by yobs.
Anthony Dibsdall, who runs Centurion Art Gallery, in Turpin Green Lane, hoped the camera, which is yards from his shop, might have captured the incident but council bosses said was not working because of a ‘technical fault’.
The trader, who has run his gallery for 38 years, said: “It is a bad show when all this money is being spent on new statues but the CCTV cameras covering the rest of the town centre don’t even work.
“The camera is about 30 yards from my shop so to find out that it is totally pointless is very frustrating.
“We spend a fortune on business rates but it feels like I am just wasting my money.”
The shopkeeper was left £800 out of pocket fixing the window, which was smashed overnight last Saturday.
He claims the area is increasingly blighted by gangs of rowdy youths who congregate near the shops.
His daughter Maggie Dibsdall said: “It just seems odd that so much would be spent renovating the town centre to leave the rest of it exposed in this way.”
Cy Marshal, who runs Maison Cy Hair Studio on nearby Chapel Brow, was also targeted by yobs last week.
They ripped off her letter box and dumped debris from a building site into her business.
She said: “There is no security on this end of town and this is where all the kids congregate.
“The council has its priorities all wrong.”
The renovation of Leyland town centre, which was unveiled last month, includes a new entrance to the town’s market and a bronze statue of an old Leyland Motors worker to celebrate the area’s industrial heritage.
Mark Gaffney, director of neighbourhoods and street scene at South Ribble Council, said: “CCTV in South Ribble is owned, funded and operated by South Ribble Community Safety Partnership, of which the council is a member.
“The camera on Hough Lane is currently experiencing a technical fault and we are looking into the technical and cost considerations of repairing or replacing it.”