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Security boost at flats in £900k contract across Sandwell

By Jamie Brassington | Sandwell | Property | Published:

Improved security measures are planned to safeguard tenants living in blocks of flats from crime or yobbish behaviour.

Improvements will be made at tower blocks in Sandwell borough

Councillors have agreed to spend nearly £900,000 on blocks across Sandwell.

The borough’s cabinet has given approval for a four year contract to maintain, repair and improve concierge services, door entry systems and CCTV in its high and low rise blocks.

A report to councillors said the renewed deal with Openview Security Solutions Ltd will see £886,025 being spent on security allowing tenants to feel safe within their homes and communities.

Councillor Joanne Hadley, cabinet member for homes, recommending the contract said: “The current contract expires on August 31 and is funded by the housing revenue account.

"The new contract will run from September 1 to August 2023.

“It is anticipated that the ongoing maintenance of CCTV and door entry equipment will allow the council to continue to work with partners to monitor and act upon instances of crime and anti-social behaviour .

She added: “The impact on crime and disorder as a result of this maintenance contract is expected to be positive.”

Housing officers have said the work will also help improve safety and crime prevention by monitoring the town centre and estate cameras and high and low-rise door entry systems from its Roway Lane site.

In replying to a question from councillor Danny Millard on whether the contract would improve employment opportunities for residents, Councillor Hadley said: “Yes. Within the contract is specific requirements for apprenticeships, work experience and community related activities.”.

The report was accepted unanimously.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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