Parishes won’t pay capital costs

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Holbeach Parish Council has opted back in to South Holland’s new CCTV service now it offers 24-hour monitoring and better cameras.

The council heard on Monday the annual cost will be £5,693.40 for round-the-clock monitoring of five cameras – while 18-hour monitoring would cost £4,258.80.

Members opted for round-the-clock monitoring, but heard the £5,000-plus cost could come down because the new generation cameras allow greater coverage and four cameras could be used instead of five.

Experts will be called in to assess how many cameras the town needs and to find the best sites.

Earlier this year the council voted to axe its £5,500 contribution to the current system in £11,000 worth of budget cuts.

It was one of a number of parish councils who criticised the system because it didn’t have 24/7 monitoring and police had to trawl through footage whenever there was an incident.

Former policeman Coun Peter Savory told the council: “Half the burglaries normally happen in the early hours – I prefer 24/7 for the extra cost because it’s well worth it. The costing of this isn’t hardly any more than we were paying last year.”