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Town council to take over CCTV as unitary authority withdraws funding

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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NEWQUAY Town Council is to take over the resort's CCTV operations after Cornwall Council announced it would no longer fund the service.

From April 1 the town council will be entirely responsible for the CCTV system, which has been jointly monitored with St Austell Town Council for the past year.

The move comes after Cornwall Council announced its latest round of budget cuts, and said it intended to end all CCTV provisions from April this year.

Andy Hannan, chairman of the committee which manages CCTV monitoring, said: "Obviously we are disappointed that Cornwall Council has decided to cease provision of the CCTV system, especially as we have worked so hard to secure and protect the monitoring of the cameras when this was withdrawn two years ago.

"Fortunately, because we were proactive and forward-thinking when faced with losing our monitoring, we are now in a very strong position to be able to take over the infrastructure and remove any reliance on Cornwall Council for maintaining CCTV cover of our town in the future."

Cornwall Council has pledged to fully refurbish the CCTV system to reduce running costs prior to handing over ownership to the town council.

The town council has already installed additional cameras in Trebarwith Crescent, the Trenance Valley, and around the Heron Tennis Centre and said it remains fully committed to making the town a safer place.

Town clerk Andy Curtis said: "From the town council's perspective, while it will end up costing more money, we're better off being in control of our own destiny. All we're doing is taking over the hardware, so we'll be providing exactly the same service we've been giving for the last 12 months."

At the Cornwall Association of Local Council's annual meeting at County Hall on Thursday, February 20, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Tony Hogg confirmed that while CCTV is considered an extremely important resource to the police, no funding would be made available as he views CCTV as a local authority service.

The town council currently uses the CCTV Control Room at Newquay Police Station on a rent-free basis. Council members said they hope this will continue.

The town council is now looking to recruit a full-time CCTV manager.

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