New Year deadline for potential north Norfolk CCTV takeover proposal

A CCTV camera.

A CCTV camera. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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

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.

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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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