Call for help with CCTV costs

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Councillors in Spalding have been asked to dig deep into their personal budgets to help fund running costs of the town’s new state-of-the-art CCTV system.

There are currently 17 cameras operating in Spalding with 11 others in Crowland, Holbeach, Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge.

Capital costs for the move to a control room with new IT systems and cameras in Boston is expected to cost a maximum of £104,000, which has been secured from a £56,000 Police and Crime Commissioner grant and £18,000 from Lincolnshire County Council. But there are expected to be £12,750 additional running costs for Spalding if all existing cameras are maintained.

Parish councils in the surrounding area have agreed to contribute, but it has fallen to Spalding Town Forum to come up with ideas on how to fund running costs locally.

Chairman Coun Geoge Aley said: “We have suggested district councillors should contribute whatever is left in their £5,000 personal budgets. Councillors quite often have funds left over. This would be putting it to good use.”