CCTV move will improve area safety

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A move for South Holland’s CCTV monitoring offices will mean improved community safety.

Volunteers have been operating 28 cameras across Spalding, Crowland, Holbeach, Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge from Spalding Police station since 2007 but South Holland District Council said the work has been “successful but is in need of improvement”.

Now an agreement with Boston Borough Council will see their control room regulating these cameras.

Jim Tyner, Spalding community inspector, said: “This means we can tackle many of the issues that matter most to people such as street drinking, shoplifting and night-time 
alcohol-related violence.”

Coun Nick Worth, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for community, said: “Boston’s state-of-the-art control room has new IT systems and cameras which produce better quality images as well as being able to tilt and zoom. It also means 24-hour monitoring by fully trained staff.

“We are happy to be working with Boston Borough Council to provide a fully monitored CCTV service for South Holland.”

Funding for the move is expected to cost a maximum of £104,000, which has been secured from a £56,000 Police and Crime Commissioner grant and £18,000 from Lincolnshire County Council. Monitoring the cameras could cost £32,000 a year.

The district councils are in the same police division and already work together.

Coun Stephen Woodliffe, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for community safety, said: “This partnership will share expertise, improve service and provide excellent value for citizens of South Holland and Boston.”