A town mayor is “cautiously optimistic” about the future of CCTV in north Norfolk despite the local council deciding to scrap the system.

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Representatives from North Walsham, Fakenham and Sheringham town councils discussed the issue of taking over CCTV during a private meeting in Sheringham last night.

Five Towns CCTV group chairman and Sheringham mayor Doug Smith said: “We are still very positive. We are looking at the results of an independent study and moving forward with it.”

The group has until January 3 to submit its proposal to North Norfolk District Council (NNDC).

Initially Wells and Cromer town councils were part of the discussions to take over and pay for the system but members of both towns voted not to be part of the Five Towns CCTV group because of financial reasons.

NNDC cabinet voted to drop all its surveillance cameras last month to save £200,000 per year. They are due to be switched off in March.

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  • The stupidity of pursuing this idea is going to be a waste of time and money for the town councils concerned and an unnecessary expense for the taxpayer. It's already acknowledged that the CCTV systems in the towns concerned are expensive to operate and maintain as well as doing little to prevent crime. What benefits they do have will be useful to the police 'after' the event rather than before it.

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    Bad Form

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • I hope Sheringham town council pulls out, CCTV is a waste of Taxpayers money.

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    Hugh

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • If CCTV is useful after the event, it has a deterrent value by increasing conviction possibilities. We'll see for ourselves whether it was a waste of money if it disappears by examining our town centre crime figures. I've heard that towns in the area without CCTV have worse crime & ASB than those that do have it. It all boils down to how much we are prepared to pay for that and whether a useful enough system can be implemented for that cost.

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    somebloke

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

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