CCTV at Kempston Mill has been replaced with more modern equipment to keep the community safe in the popular beauty spot.
The site, popular with Kempston residents, was recently opened up again to the community of Great Denham following the repair of the Mill Bridge.
Cllr James Valentine, Borough Councillor for Kempston West (Labour) has used some his ward funds to pay for the replacement camera.
There was previously CCTV on site, but the camera failed and being an older model it was judged beyond repair.
Cllr Valentine said: “The majority of people are law-abiding but there are sometimes problems in this area such as vandalism and substance misuse.
“Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust expect to open their boat landing stage quite soon which will increase the number of visitors to this part of Kempston. CCTV is a reassuring presence, and I’ve also asked the Police for more high visibility patrols.”
He said he was grateful to Bedford Borough Council’s Community Safety Department for providing one of their deployable cameras.
“This will shortly be replaced by a permanent camera purchased with some of my Ward Fund,” said Cllr Valentine.