One of the few green spaces in Birmingham city centre has been given safety improvements to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

Improved lighting and extended CCTV camera coverage has been installed at Birmingham Cathedral Square, which sees thousands passing through it each day.

Colmore Business District (CBD) worked with Amey and West Midlands Police on the project to improve the area alongside Colmore Row.

CBD oversaw the installation of a CCTV camera in the square covering what was previously a blind spot in the grounds. The camera is monitored at Birmingham Central Police Station on Steelhouse Lane.

The CCTV camera pole was designed to fit with other items of furniture in the grounds to ensure it was sensitive to the heritage of the Cathedral.

Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham, said: “I am extremely grateful for all the work CBD, Amey and the police have put into the safety enhancements to Cathedral Square.

“The installation of clean new globes and upgraded lighting is a significant improvement to the appearance of the square and most importantly will help public sense of safety.

“We also look forward to the improvements in security that the additional CCTV camera will bring. It’s great that this has been delivered as we prepare for Birmingham Cathedral’s tercentenary in 2015.”

 

The safety improvements to Cathedral Square are part of a number of projects delivered by CBD in the last five years to help improve safety in the business district.

CBD is one of several Business Improvement Districts across Birmingham. It was formed to deliver improvement projects and services to the business quarter of Birmingham and is funded by levy paying firms.

Amey employees volunteered to carry out the works for the CCTV camera as part of the company’s ‘Amey in the Community’ initiative. This initiative allows each employee one day per year to work to support local communities.

Amey principal operations manager, Andy Hart said: “We’ve had the pleasure of working on many projects at the Cathedral and have been honoured to assist with the installation of the CCTV camera and lighting upgrade.

“Cathedral Square is a popular area of the city centre and we’re pleased to help keep such a prestigious building and grounds safe.”

The works were completed as CBD approached the completion of its first five-year term as the BID for the commercial area of Birmingham.

Following a ‘yes’ vote from its businesses in November last year, CBD started its second five-year term on April 1 and is working to deliver more projects, events and activities to improve the business district.

CBD’s executive director, Michele Wilby, said: “The Cathedral Square has in recent years experienced issues of anti-social behaviour, which have affected surrounding businesses and members of the public.

“We have worked hard over the last few years to implement safety improvements to the grounds to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime. I’m delighted that our efforts have paid off with much improved lighting and CCTV camera coverage in the square.”