Roll out of CCTV in South Holland during next few weeks

Nick Worth with one of the new cameras
Nick Worth with one of the new cameras
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CABINET CALL: By South Holland district council’s Nick Worth

It only seems like five minutes ago that my colleagues and I were excitedly gathered at the Springfields Events Centre waiting to discover the election results.

Boston's upgraded CCTV suite

Boston's upgraded CCTV suite

The weeks have certainly flown by since May 7 and as Coun Gary Porter stated in last week’s column, there is now much hard work for us to be getting on with.

The council has several positive projects that will be delivered over the coming weeks and months and one of them will see the introduction of a new CCTV system covering Spalding, Holbeach and Crowland.

This will upgrade the current system and make a massive difference in terms of the quality of footage recorded – it is like going from a bog standard TV to a High Definition (HD) set.

The cameras can read the print on a newspaper from a great distance and also zoom in on car number plates.

This will upgrade the current system and make a massive difference in terms of the quality of footage recorded

For the first time, the cameras will be monitored 24/7 by professionals at a dedicated control centre in Boston.

I hope that the new system will play a vital role in helping the police investigate incidents and help maintain our district as one of the safest places in the country to live.

You may have read in recent weeks that contractors installing the system had experienced some technical problems, which centred around the lack of a working signal between Spalding and Boston.

I am pleased to report that this issue has been resolved and we have got quality images appearing at the control centre in Boston.

The cameras will be rolled out initially in Spalding over the next few weeks which will be completed by the end of June, with Holbeach and Crowland coming on after that. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the new system in action and I’m sure that it will make a positive difference.

This is an exciting time for the council. My main role in the new council will be in economic development and while there will be many financial challenges ahead we will continue to fight hard to bring in new investment and infrastructure for the benefit of the residents and businesses of South Holland.