Reading Borough Council (RBC) plans to install a CCTV camera in Katesgrove Lane, near the IDR pedestrian underpass, by the end of December 2016.
The underpass is used by many local residents coming and going between the town centre and Katesgrove but there have been complaints of anti-social behaviour in the area.
The camera will be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week and have an “immediate” link with the local police, said Chris Bloomfield, RBC neighbourhood initiatives manager, at the Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) meeting on 7 October.
The camera will be installed for three months. Residents should talk to their local councillors if they want the camera to be made permanent.
Chris Bloomfield described the problems in the area. “What’s happening is, in broad daylight, and with impunity, there are people both buying and selling drugs and sometimes injecting them, all of which is very unpleasant.”
The new camera is one of several improvement initiatives in the area immediately south of the IDR underpass, including Katesgrove Lane, the car park in front of the Hook & Tackle, Foundry Place, Centurion Close and Parthia Close. Brighter LED street lighting has already been installed, and more is to come, and overhanging trees have been cut back. There are further plans to fell large trees as well as convert the unmaintained complex of brick walls and raised shrubbery beds in Foundry Close into a grassy open space.
The KCA is also attempting to find funding to replace the tiles and artwork in the IDR underpass which are now tired and damaged.