CCTV cameras are to be placed around the South Road area of Aberystwyth – dubbed asbo alley.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has confirmed that additional CCTV cameras will be installed in Aberystwyth as part of the Commissioner’s Safer Streets initiative.

Funding has been secured by PCC Dafydd Llywelyn from the Home Office’s Safer Streets fund to install additional CCTV Cameras near South Beach, Aberystwyth as an intervention to mitigate issues including drug misuse and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the town, following concerns raised by local residents in recent months.

Ceredigion MP Ben Lake has welcomed this investment, saying: “I am pleased that following the meeting with local residents, the Police and Crime Commissioner has been able to deliver this important investment in the town.”

“From my discussions with constituents, it is clear that targeted action is required to tackle instances of anti-social behaviour, and therefore I welcome the announcement that Aberystwyth will receive funding from the Safer Streets Fund.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Preventing harm to individuals and communities caused through crime, anti-social behaviour and vulnerability is one of my three key priorities and I am pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing this latest Safer Streets funding from the Home Office.

“We have worked closely with our partners to identify certain initiatives that will aim to ensure that our communities and streets are safe environments for residents.

“We will continue to listen to local communities and work together, as part of a multi-agency problem solving group, coordinated by Dyfed Powys Police and other agencies, to resolve problems to combat anti-social behaviour in Aberystwyth”.

Town councillor Kerry Ferguson, along with residents, has campaigned for the last year to improve the South Road area.

She welcomed the announcement, saying: “I’m both pleased and relieved to see that there will be CCTV cameras installed in Rheidol Ward/Aberystwyth - discussions started in October 2021 with local residents in my own ward who were concerned about anti-social behaviour and although it feels like a long road, I believe these cameras will go a long way in helping residents feel safer in Aberystwyth, and reduce crime. I’d like to thank local residents for putting their trust in me to help, and to Ben Lake MP - his help has been instrumental.”

Commenting, Mid and West Wales MS Jane Dodds said: “I’m extremely pleased that the Police & Crime Commissioner has listened to the campaign by local residents.

“Both myself, Cllr Mair Benjamin and Mark Williams had been calling for this action to be taken for well over a year so its great to finally see the wheels start moving.

“Now we must ensure that any criminal or anti social behavior caught on the cameras is acted upon and that people feel safe in their homes.”