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Holbeach Parish Council remove CCTV cameras to review

Councillors have agreed to remove Holbeach’s CCTV and commission a review after a camera was stolen.

Holbeach Parish Council has conducted an investigation after one of the town’s cameras and its STD card, which was not encrypted, had been stolen.

During an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, members agreed to commission a review with a professional moving forward.

Holbeach town centre as seen from West End. (34837675)
Holbeach town centre as seen from West End. (34837675)

But chairman Coun Graham Rudkin started off the meeting by stating that business conducted in closed session should remain private and he was ‘horrified’ by a social media post about council business.

He said: “It doesn’t give the parish council a very good image.

“This should have been discussed first and then a press release.”

Coun Sophie Hutchinson had conducted a report into the issue of the CCTVand asked for comments during the discussions to be based on evidence.

Coun Paula Silva expressed concerns during the meeting over the handling of the issue and said she had been called a ‘liar’ by a member of the public.

Coun Peter Sparkes said the council had done as much as it needed to do in terms of reporting the loss of the STD card to the Information Commissioners Office along with conducting a risk assessment.

He said: “We now need to decide what we need to do to go forward. The camera is not as fit for purpose as maybe we would have wished then we should be reviewing provision of cctv across all the sites.”

The meeting was told that the cameras at the town’s allotments were fine.

Reports were also made during the meeting about a group with a remote control car filming people within the park.

Residents who see this are advised to report this to police using the non-emergency 101 number.

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