MORE than 700 people have backed a petition calling for CCTV cameras to be installed to cut crime and disorder at their local shops.
The residents and businesses in Skye Crescent, Paisley, have stepped up their bid to get Renfrewshire Council to install the cameras.
When they first asked for help from the council, more than six months ago, the local authority said cameras would not solve the kinds of problems hitting the area, which include gangs of youths drinking in the street, and cars and businesses being vandalised.
Now, the Glenburn Tenants' Association, backed by a local MSP, has handed a petition to the council, bearing 770 names, which calls on councillors to think again.
Shirley McLean, chairwoman of the association, said: "I am pleased so many local people signed the petition – it shows the level of support for the introduction of CCTV.
"I know from personal experience that crime is a problem in the area.
"CCTV would provide residents and shop owners with the reassurance they want about their safety."
In January Ms McLean told the Evening Times her car tyres had been slashed.
Labour MSP Neil Bibby said: "I know many people in Glenburn think it is a great place to live, but they are concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour, which is committed by a minority.
"There is CCTV in Braehead Road and that has had a positive impact in that area, so there is no reason to think it would not do the same here.
"The petition has generated a great deal of support and we must listen to the concerns of responsible residents and businesses.
"I hope the council will give full consideration to this request and also consider other ways in which it can improve safety and reduce vandalism in this area."
Councillor Eddie Devine, who represents the area, said: "Members of Glenburn Tenants' Association have put a great deal of time and effort into this campaign and I am pleased the petition has now been delivered to the council.
"There are often groups of young people hanging about outside the shops, trying to buy alcohol and behaving in an anti-social manner. CCTV would make everyone feel much safer."
A council spokesman said: "Petitions are put before members of the Scrutiny And Petitions Board at the earliest opportunity. That will happen at the next meeting of the board."