Parish councillors in Sutton Bridge are refusing to pay for a new CCTV service until they know it’s going to make a difference to their village.
Sutton Bridge had two cameras with the South Holland scheme – at a charge of £1,100 for each – as part of a five-year deal that ended in 2011-12.
Councillors discovered one of the cameras wasn’t working and requests for proof that there had been convictions as a result of CCTV produced a police response that it was not practical for them to trawl back through records.
A new scheme with round-the-clock monitoring would cost just over £1,460 per camera, but the parish council decided not to take the plunge until it has heard from county and district councillor Nick Worth.
Coun Gary Croxford asked: “If we invest again, what guarantees do we have that this is going to make any difference to our community?”
And Coun Jenny Rowe said: “I support the cameras but I need to know they are working and we are getting what we are paying for.”
Coun Vicky Hills maintained the current system was useless and said: “Never once have they been used to prosecute anybody or identify anybody.”
Clerk Suzanne England said the new service is supposed to give better image quality.