CCTV aims to stop revellers using Chesterfield attraction as toilet

CCTV cameras are being fitted outside Chesterfields Winding Wheel.
CCTV cameras are being fitted outside Chesterfields Winding Wheel.

Eight CCTV cameras are being installed outside a Chesterfield attraction in a bid to stop late-night revellers using its grounds as a toilet.

Chesterfield Borough Council has given permission for the devices to be fitted around the Winding Wheel theatre on Holywell Street.

Planning documents state: "Security has become a large issue for a number of the council’s public buildings over the last few years.

"The Winding Wheel is in the heart of the town centre and in the evenings and weekends the area surrounding the building becomes exceptionally busy with members of the public visiting local restaurants, bars, nightclubs and takeaways which are mainly located around Holywell Street and Corporation Street.

"The CCTV system is required to improve the overall security of the venue, including the rear car park, fire escapes and access to and from the building.

"One of the rear fire exits is regularly used as a toilet by late-night revellers and drug paraphernalia is often strewn outside. The entrances are also regularly used as a toilet by passing revellers on the weekend and each morning staff have to clear up the foyer floor and doors.

"Over the last 12 months the council has had to replace several panes of glass which have been broken during the night."

The Winding Wheel was built between 1922 and 1923.