Approximately three weeks ago, the cctv warning signs photographed below appeared all over Stokes Croft. Already, some of them have been torn down.
I have had a number of requests to remove the recently installed CCTV signs in Stokes Croft. They add to the feel of oppression, rather than increase feelings of safety. They appeared without discussion with ward councillors and I agree that they do not fit in with the sort of character we are trying to develop in Stokes Croft. They have a BCC logo, but I understand from a conversation with a council officer that the signs were installed by the Police as part of a Safer Bristol initiative?
Anna Minton, who has recently written a book on Fear and Happiness in the Urban Environment, visited Bristol and Stokes Croft last week to speak about her work at the Arnolfini and is convinced of the negative effects of CCTV on society.These are the remaining signs in Stokes Croft. Please help us to remove them buy e-mailing our local councillors, even if your first inclination is to shin up a ladder and tear them down…