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CCTV to be installed at Queen Mary's Gate in South Woodford estate after reports of crime and anti-social behaviour
CCTV will be installed on an estate after reports of young people "causing havoc".
The two cameras will be introduced by the company which manages Queen Mary's Gate in High Road, South Woodford, on the July 19 after residents complained of vandalism and drug dealing.
Resident Irma Savukas has lived in the estate for five years with her 13-year-old daughter and set up a petition calling for something to be done about the problem.
Speaking on behalf of residents, she said: “The stuff that has been going on here is atrocious, there are people dealing drugs and vandalising the estate.
“A minority of young people who live in the estate are letting others in and causing havoc.
"Sometimes there are groups of 15 people standing by the entrance to the block.
“Sometimes I have to walk my daughter through the garage in order to avoid them, I have asked them to leave but they just respond with threats.
“CCTV will help and will mean that we can document some evidence of what is going on here, everyone here wants change so this is a step in the right direction.”
Today, the 42-year-old met with Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan-Smith and Conservative councillors Emma Best and Tom McLaren, who have been campaigning for action.
Mr Duncan-Smith said: “There have been ongoing issues at the estate and this will hopefully deter what is going on here.
“The estate was meant to be a nice place to live but there has just been issue after issue.
“Redbridge police has confirmed it will be conducting regular patrols in the area, so this and the cameras are long overdue.”
There have also been maintenance and structural issues found at the estate, including a collapsed ceiling and mould, with residents attending a meeting in May with housing association Circle 33.
Telford Homes, who built the estate five years ago, criticised Circle 33 for their poor maintenance of the estate.
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