Tuesday, 01 September 2015

New Barrow CCTV cameras get green light

NEW CCTV cameras are set to be fitted in Barrow after a funding plan was agreed.

TAKING NOTES Police and crime commissioner for Cumbria, Richard Rhodes, outside The Forum in BarrowJON GRANGER REF: 50044746B002

Barrow Borough Council’s executive committee met yesterday and voted to accept a £100,000 grant from the police and crime commissioner’s office to fund new cameras in the borough.

The scheme, which will also be funded by £170,000 of council money, will see 13 new cameras fitted in Barrow and three cameras replaced in Dalton. However, six cameras will be lost in Barrow as part of the proposals, with council chiefs and the police to discuss which are least effective in preventing crime.

Executive director Phil Huck said the money would also pay for operating and maintenance costs of the scheme for five years.

He said: “We have looked very carefully at the offer. The bulk of cameras installed in Barrow and Dalton are 20 years old.

“It is amazing they have lasted this long but they are certainly coming to the end of their operational lives.”

Mr Huck said the council had been in discussions with South Lakes District Council to discuss the monitoring of cameras in Ulverston, as they would also have to be replaced if the cameras were to continue to be operated from Barrow.

Leader of Barrow Council, Councillor Dave Pidduck, said he had held positive discussions with (police and crime commissioner) Richard Rhodes, and welcomed the opportunity to replace the technology.

He said: “CCTV is important not just for the town centre but to people in the other areas as well.”

Councillor Ray Guselli said the funding was vital to help cut crime in Barrow.

He said: “I think it is excellent use of the funds and we (the opposition) totally support this.”

Councillor Helen Wall said: “This is really good news and I would be glad to support this. It is not just the police that like the cameras, they make people feel more secure.”

Councillor Jack Richardson suggested a novel way of making up for the lost cameras.

He said: “We are supposed to take six of them out of commission but why don’t we just leave these in place?

“The point is they could have an effect on people planning to commit crime.”

  • At his roadshow at The Forum, Mr Rhodes said he could not comment on Barrow’s plans until he had seen details of their proposals.
Have your say

More cameras,less police presence.Guess I will avoid the town centre even more after dark.

Posted by Scardey Cat on 22 February 2013 at 08:54

£270,000 of taxpayers money spent on just sixteen cameras!
That's almost £17,000 per camera and some say there is a recession on just not in local government land.

Posted by Tony on 21 February 2013 at 18:34

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