CCTV will be installed in a play area after a series of vandalism attacks.

Upton Town Council members agreed to the measure for Upton Play Park during their meeting on Tuesday night.

Town clerk Jo Adams said the council had been quoted £11,700 to set up the CCTV and had received £5,000 from the Upton Blues Charity to go towards the installation of the cameras.

Mayor of Upton-Upon-Severn, Councillor Simon Yates, said: “We do not need to debate as a council whether or not we need CCTV, the only question really is where the money comes from.”

When discussing the other portion of the money required for the work, Annette Keyworth, head of Upton’s Business Association, said: “Lloyd’s Bank uses the car park regularly and have said they would like to give something back.

“This is a perfect opportunity to approach them, and UBA are happy to do that.

“We will go away and work on it if you are happy to do so.”

Councillors accepted the proposal, saying they will budget for the remainder of the work out of reserves and precept, before using the Lloyd’s Bank money to replace what is spent.

In a unanimous vote, councillors accepted the plan and agreed to consult further at the town meeting in May when the full extent of any money given by Lloyd’s becomes known.

The idea for CCTV at the play park was first discussed by the own council in December last year when the park was attacked by arsonists less than a week after it had opened.

At the meeting, councillors decided the incident was a one-off and that CCTV would not be needed, but since then further problems have been reported, including finding broken glass in the play park.

The play park, which cost £200,000, was attacked by vandals who set a fire, causing burns and scorches to the pavement and play equipment.

At the time, Councillor Betty Williams said: “This is absolutely disgusting. Words fail me.

“It was only opened last Monday and this happens. What kind of mentality do people have to do something like this?”

The Malvern Gazette will keep you up to date with any developments in the installation of the CCTV.