Cameras are ‘not value for money’

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LONG Sutton Parish Council is putting off its £2,640 yearly payment towards South Holland’s CCTV cameras because members are not sure they are getting value for money.

The parish council heard on Thursday it was originally contractually obliged to pay towards the system for three years, but chairman Coun John Clarey said it’s more than three years since the council signed up.

He said the cameras are not monitored all the time but they can be checked if someone tells police the time and date of an incident.

Coun Jack Tyrrell said: “We have had mopeds flying up and down and they (the authorities) don’t even know who they are. I just can’t understand why we are paying out and getting nothing for it.”

Members agreed to delay the payment for the year ending in March 2012 until they have assurances about the CCTV system.

Speaking after the meeting South Holland district councillor Nick Worth said even he would suggest the current system is not good value because the cameras are not monitored the whole time, but cautioned against parishes opting out before the system is upgraded.

He said if parish councils leave now, it will cost them more to get back in.