December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 23, 2013
North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) may scrap CCTV coverage in a bid to save nearly £200,000 a year.
The council is considering ditching the cameras as one of three options announced by an NNDC working party.
NNDC currently operates 46 CCTV cameras in Cromer, Fakenham, North Walsham, Sheringham and Wells-next-the-Sea.
The service costs the council just under £200,000 annually and a spokesmen said that, as in all areas of the council’s work, it had been reviewing the provision to see if any savings could be made.
Rhodri Oliver, NNDC deputy leader, said: “The objective of the review was to see what the options could be for the provision of the council’s CCTV operations in the future, alongside identifying potential savings.”
During the course of the review the internal working party, chaired by councillor Annie Claussen-Reynolds, consulted interested parties including town councils, chambers of trade and the police.
All have now been told about the working party’s three conclusions:
■ outsourcing the service, “on a responsive basis only”, to the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk
■ continuing an in-house, dedicated service, but with fewer operator hours and using wireless technology. ■ dispensing with the service completely.
The working party’s findings will be deliberated by NNDC’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee on September 11. The council’s cabinet will then discuss a final report at its meeting on October 7 and will decide on the future of the service.