Holbeach ‘stuck with CCTV’

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PARISH councillors who don’t believe that the town’s CCTV system is worthwhile, have been told they cannot opt out of the scheme until August next year.

Holbeach Parish Council feels that the scheme is a waste of money and has been considering ways of opting out.

They wrote to South Holland Disrict Council saying they were unhappy with the scheme and wanted to give notice to quit.

However at a meeting on Monday, clerk Jill Harrington said she had received a reply saying the agreement doesn’t run out until August 31, 2012, and it’s not possible to terminate the contract before then.

At a previous meeting Coun Esmond Tearle suggested the council opt out of the scheme and presented his research into the CCTV scheme, outlining what he believed councillors should be investigating next.

He said the agreement could be terminated at any time by either the district or the parish councils by giving 12 months’ notice but on Monday councillors discovered that this is not the case.

The current system costs £5,500 a year and is part of a service agreement between South Holland District Council and Holbeach Parish Council.

Coun Tearle has questioned whether the town is getting value for money, whether the council should “do away” with the system, if local businesses could provide coverage with their own systems or if an alternative was available solely for Holbeach.

A sub-committee has been set up, consisting of Coun Tearle, Peter Savory and Martin Howard,

Coun Tearle said he wanted to see a copy of the study done by the district council. He added: “The question is: are we getting value for money?”