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Thumbs up for council after CCTV u-turn

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick (third left) and guests inside the upgraded CCTV suite in Boston that South Holland District Council plans to join next April.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick (third left) and guests inside the upgraded CCTV suite in Boston that South Holland District Council plans to join next April.

Traders and councillors are backing Holbeach Parish Council’s decision to “want in” to an improved CCTV service for the district.

Parish councillors confirmed a decision to opt back into a 24-hour CCTV system after hearing plans by South Holland District Council to join an upgraded system based in Boston.

At a meeting on Monday, parish councillors voted to meet with police and CCTV technicians to decide where cameras should go in Holbeach after finding out that the cost of opting back in will be just under £5,700.

The system is planned to be operational from April 2014 and speaking to the Spalding Guardian in October, district councillor Nick Worth said: “Boston has a CCTV control room already equipped with high definition monitors and professional staff who have been trained to monitor the town 24/7.

“South Holland District Council looked at a report about countywide CCTV, but it was far too expensive which is why we decided to look at joining Boston’s CCTV system which is set up to take additional cameras.”

Coun Peter Savory, who was chairman when Holbeach Parish Council voted in January to suspend its CCTV contribution of £5,500, said: “When we opted out, we said it was only for a year and that we would review it when we had details about the new system.

“Now we know that it’s going to be far better than before and we want in again.”

Dave Hudson, of Holbeach Business Forum and owner of Toto Shoes in High Street, said: “I’m pleased about the council’s decision because the town needs CCTV and hopefully the cameras will be placed in the right areas of the town.”

District councillor Francis Biggadike said: “I’m a supporter of CCTV in Holbeach because it’s a deterrent to crime, so I’m pleased that the parish council is looking to opt back in again.”

 

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