November 21 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
CCTV cameras look set to remain in Fakenham, Sheringham and North Walsham as an on-going campaign to save them heads towards a conclusion.
After weeks of negotiations the Three Towns CCTV Group, made up of representatives from Fakenham, Sheringham and North Walsham town councils, announced today that it has accepted North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC’s) final offer of £50,318 to take on the running of the service.
The town councils will meet separately tomorrow to decide if they are to move forward with the plan to save the security cameras in their towns.
Fakenham mayor Adrian Vertigan, who is on the Three Towns CCTV Group, said: “Subject to contracts and the final decisions of the town councils we will forge ahead with the plan to reconfigure the cameras to Secure Defence UK.
“We are working as hard as we can to get the cameras sorted out and we believe we have the money in our reserves to run the cameras without having to raise council tax.”
NNDC had planned to scrap all of its CCTV cameras to save £200,000 per year.
The Three Towns CCTV Group asked NNDC for £90,000 to pay for the costs of reconfiguring the system to Secure Defence UK, which they believe can run a CCTV service in a more cost-effective way.
NNDC originally put forward £30,000 but made a revised offer of £50,318 last week.
If the towns push through with the plans to save CCTV, they will take on the financial responsibilities of the cameras, which would be run through a reactive service.
As previously reported, Wells and Cromer town councils have pulled out of the fight to save CCTV so the security cameras will be switched off in those towns.