West End Plaza and Lavington Square owners raise issues of concern with Albury Council

THE owner of two of Albury’s major shopping centres have raised a string of concerns with council including more CCTV coverage and homelessness.

Vicinity Centres, which operates West End Plaza in central Albury and Lavington Square, has highlighted the issues among others as part of a submission in response to council’s draft budget which is due to be ticked off on Tuesday night.

Vicinity would like to see a further expansion of the city’s CCTV security camera system which was switched on last year.

"We would like to discuss the possibility of further expansion of the Albury CBD CCTV and note that there is nothing currently proposed other than installation within (and) around the new Kiewa Street car park,” the Vicinity submission said.

“We would also like to discuss potential installation of CCTV along a section of Griffith Road, Lavington.”

In response, council states it has plans to annually review the placement and number of existing cameras within the Albury CBD and will be done in conjunction with police.

Vicinity also highlighted an increase in homelessness within the West End Plaza and Lavington Square.

“We certainly do not restrict any persons from frequenting our centres without police assistance, however we would like to discuss current, and possible council strategy to assist the homeless,” the submission states.

“We understand this issue will also be very much a role for many stakeholders, including various levels of government and respective agencies who are set up to deal directly with these matters, however we want to try work through how we can assist with providing information to these people so they can find the appropriate support."

The council said the peak body for homelessness in Albury was YES Unlimited.

“The most appropriate way forward to provide assistance to momeless people in shopping centres would be for centre management to make contact with YES Unlimited directly,” council said in response.

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