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North Norfolk CCTV decision expected next week

06:30 30 January 2014

The future of CCTV in north Norfolk could be resolved next week.

The future of CCTV in north Norfolk could be resolved next week.

A decision over the future of CCTV cameras in north Norfolk is expected early next week.

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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.”

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5 comments

  • CCTV is a waste of money, we do not need it in Sheringham.

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    Hugh

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • It's good to see cabinet have finally something to talk about after canceling their last meeting.

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    Jono

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Norfolk John, I think your find the cost of decommission the cameras, includes removing the unwanted camra equipment from town centres, not just switching them off.

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    Hugh

    Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Lets hope that they can find a more deserving cause for these monies and forget their unfounded fears, North Norfolk's towns are not crime hotspots.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Why would it cost £95,000 to decommission the cameras? – it would only take a couple of seconds to turn the switch off!

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

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