‘Last chance saloon’ for firm in CCTV delay

Nick Worth with one of the cameras in February - but they are still in their wrappers. SG170215-122TW
Nick Worth with one of the cameras in February - but they are still in their wrappers. SG170215-122TW
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A company blamed for a big delay in installing South Holland’s £100,000-plus CCTV system is in the “last chance saloon”.

Deputy council leader Nick Worth revealed in mid-February that the cameras would be ready to roll by the end of that month.

They should have thought of that (the different network) in the first place. This is the last chance saloon for them to get it sorted.

Nick Worth

But, since then, the eyes-in-the-sky have remained in their wrappers because the “link” that was earmarked for transferring data between Spalding and the professionally manned control room at Boston wasn’t up to the job.

Coun Worth said the company has since found it can use another link, known as the Lincolnshire WAN Network, but he is angry that installation of the new CCTV system has been delayed for so long.

He said: “They should have thought of that (the different network) in the first place. This is the last chance saloon for them to get it sorted.”

Council officials met interested parties today (Wednesday) in a bid to ensure installation of the cameras now moves forward quickly, although it’s not yet been revealed when work will start.

When it is finally launched, the new CCTV system will be the third in South Holland in the space of a decade – but this time the cameras will be monitored 24/7 by professionals. Around 25 cameras will be installed – 17 in Spalding, four or five in Holbeach and three in Crowland.

The £108,475 cost will be met by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick (£56,000), Lincolnshire County Council’s second homes income (£18,000) and South Holland District Council and participating parishes (£34,000).