No new CCTV until we know it’s worth it

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Parish councillors in Sutton Bridge are refusing to pay for a new CCTV service until they know it’s going to make a difference to their village.

Sutton Bridge had two cameras with the South Holland scheme – at a charge of £1,100 for each – as part of a five-year deal that ended in 2011-12.

Councillors discovered one of the cameras wasn’t working and requests for proof that there had been convictions as a result of CCTV produced a police response that it was not practical for them to trawl back through records.

A new scheme with round-the-clock monitoring would cost just over £1,460 per camera, but the parish council decided not to take the plunge until it has heard from county and district councillor Nick Worth.

Coun Gary Croxford asked: “If we invest again, what guarantees do we have that this is going to make any difference to our community?”

And Coun Jenny Rowe said: “I support the cameras but I need to know they are working and we are getting what we are paying for.”

Coun Vicky Hills maintained the current system was useless and said: “Never once have they been used to prosecute anybody or identify anybody.”

Clerk Suzanne England said the new service is supposed to give better image quality.