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Erection of 'ugly' CCTV poles slammed by public, businesses

LOCAL residents, business-owners and tourism officials are up in arms over the erection of three “ugly and inappropriate” 15m-high metal poles to be mounted with security cameras to monitor Girne’s historic harbourside area.

Erection of 'ugly' CCTV poles slammed by public, businesses

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

The poles have been erected near Venetian-era buildings and Girne Castle and it is planned to top them with cameras to counter crime and anti-social behaviour.

Claims have been made, however, that in addition to being ugly intrusions, the “eyes in the sky” could violate the privacy of people living nearby and those using rooftop restaurants and bars.

The poles – one near Dallas Büfe to the west of the harbour, a second near Canlı Balık restaurant in the centre, and a third near the castle to the east – are close to apartment windows and balconies, giving rise to fears that the cameras on them might be able to see inside private properties.

Parliament last October backed draft legislation to set up a network of Mobese security cameras. The system was agreed with Turkey in September 2016 and the first stage was to be a 52 million TL pilot scheme involving 544 cameras mounted on poles in public areas around Lefkoşa and Girne.

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