Dundee City Council has been urged to prioritise the safety of its £14,000 outdoor gym initiative at a vandalism hotspot when a new CCTV hub launches.
The £750,000 Safety and Alarm Centre will open at the West Housing Office on Sinclair Street, bringing footage from existing council CCTV cameras under one roof.
It will not necessarily include the introduction of new cameras.
Fintry Community Council has warned that unless urgent security measures are taken at Powrie Park, vandals will likely target the new exercise equipment that is due to be delivered in the near future.
The gym initiative came about after the Dundee Decides consultation, which allowed residents to suggest how the council should spend the £1.2 million Community Infrastructure Fund.
The play area in Powrie Park in Fintry, which only opened last April after years of community fundraising, has already been vandalised at least three times. Earlier this summer residents asked for cameras to be installed after youths deliberately set fire to grass and play equipment.
Fintry Community Council chairman Ron Neave said: “There are plans to put in exercise equipment in Powrie Park – like an outdoor gym.
“It will cost somewhere in the region of £12-14k, which isn’t cheap, so we want to make sure the equipment doesn’t get vandalised, which will likely happen if there are no cameras.”