March 8 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, January 30, 2014
A decision over the future of CCTV cameras in north Norfolk is expected early next week.
Representatives of Fakenham, Sheringham and North Walsham town councils have presented a proposal to save the security cameras to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).
NNDC had planned to scrap all its CCTV cameras in the district to save the authority £200,000 per year and the cameras were due to be switched off in March.
The three town councils are fighting to keep the service in their towns and asked NNDC to hand over its CCTV hardware to the company Secure Defence UK, who they say could run the system in a more cost effective way.
They have asked NNDC to put forward £90,000 to cover the costs of reconfiguring the system.
They say it would cost the council £95,000 to decommission the cameras so their plan would save NNDC £5,000.
The town councils would then be responsible for the running costs of the CCTV cameras in their towns.
Fakenham mayor Adrian Vertigan said: “The district council offered to put forward £10,000 for each town, a total of £30,000.
“We feel we could not afford to move forward with our plans unless they offer a figure closer to the one we asked for.
“They are discussing things further and we hope to get a response early next week.
“Things are progressing forward but I can’t be optimistic until we have a final decision.”
Dave Robertson, from North Walsham Town Council, however, thought local members had to remain optimistic.
He said: “I’m hoping a compromise will be reached. We have stuck rigidly to their ridiculously short time schedule and they’re the ones that are dragging it out.
“We’re still talking so we have got to see where it ends up.”
NNDC leader Tom FitzPatrick said: “We are still working things through to come to a decision that is acceptable for all parties.
“We have a few issues to resolve but we hope to come to a decision early next week.”