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CCTV donation protects special needs play area

by Gemma Melling

A play area for children with special needs has been protected after repeated incidents of vandalism – thanks to a SSE Enterprise’s lighting services division in Liverpool which agreed to fund and install a column post and electrical feed to a CCTV camera.

The play area, specifically designed for use by autistic children, is based at the George Howard Centre in Whiston and had been sadly targeted by vandals on a number of occasions.

It was set up by the James Greenop Foundation, which was founded in memory of the 10-year old boy who died after being hit by a bus in Garston. The play area was built for the Little Stars Knowsley, a support group for autistic children.

After an appeal from Knowsley Council, SSE Enterprise agreed to fund and install a 10m column and electrical supply for a new CCTV camera at a cost of £1,100. The camera has also been provided free of charge from Prescot based company ICS.  The works were completed in July and the garden is now under full surveillance.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Knowsley Council, said:

“I’m delighted that the garden will benefit from a CCTV camera which has been provided and installed by two of our providers – SSE Enterprise for the lighting column and ICS for the camera. This will help to act as a deterrent to vandals as the camera will be linked to our own monitoring network and ensure that the children at the nursery can enjoy using the garden.”

Eddie Daley, Lighting Delivery Manager for SSE Enterprise, said:

“Knowsley Council informed us earlier this month of the problems the Centre was having with vandals damaging the play area and covering it with graffiti. I spoke to our Performance Manager about it and he agreed that we should help the Little Stars group by donating the lighting column.


“We managed to complete the work in one day and the benefits of having an increased surveillance presence will be seen at the garden. Hopefully it will put a stop to the vandalism and allow the children to play in a safe environment.”

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