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South Holland councillors call for more police commitment over CCTV

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District councillors have called for more commitment from the police with regard to the use of CCTV cameras in our district.

Questions were raised over use of CCTV during a report on Crime and Disorder at Wednesday’s South Holland District Council Performing Monitoring Panel.

Criticising the lack of data on offer for half of the year, due to ‘staffing challenges within the CCTV control room’, chairman Coun Bryan Alcock spoke about how residents are feeling.

CCTV camera
CCTV camera

He said: “Speaking colloquially, the general public is not impressed with the present performance and results of the CCTV system. With the technology now available, is it now possible to look at the CCTV footage from a remote location? Commitment is needed from the police to

actually use the system.”

There are currently 25 CCTV cameras in the district, in Crowland, Holbeach and Spalding, which are monitored by operators in the Boston Borough Council control room.

Dee Bedford, community safety and enforcement manager, who delivered the report, said this issue would be ‘resolved by quarter two’, so that she would be able to give more information, with Coun Alcock adding: “The current figures would suggest that Crowland is a peaceful place with nothing going on but we know that’s not the case.”

Vice chairman Coun Michael Booth, who represents Sutton Bridge ward, asked about the possibility of sending CCTV to other parts of the district.

Ms Bedford confirmed that other locations would be looked at as part of a review.

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