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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Cumbria Taxpayers will pay bill if CCTV placed in Ulverston

COUNCIL tax payers will have to pick up the bill if Ulverston is to be included in a new county-wide CCTV scheme.

Richard Rhodes, Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner, finalised plans for a new network of 54 cameras to Cumbria at a meeting on Wednesday.

Under the scheme, cameras would pass from local authority control to the police and will be monitored from a central hub in Penrith.

Seven cameras will be allocated to SLDC, all of which will be based in Kendal. Ulverston has not been included in the plans, despite calls to improve CCTV coverage in the town.

The news was greeted with disgust by Ulverston publican Stuart Ward who has been landlord at the Kings Arms Hotel, in King Street, for the past eight years.

Mr Ward, who part pays for the power supply to the King Street CCTV camera in the town, told the Evening Mail the loss of the system would be bad news.

“We definitely need them, it just makes you wonder who is making these decisions especially given the number of incidents across Ulverston and Barrow over Christmas.

“If the cameras go it’s going to be mayhem. But Ulverston always seems to have to take a back seat in South Lakeland.”

Ulverston representative Councillor James Airey agreed.

He said: “Ulverston has a thriving night time economy but is being totally overlooked by the police.

“People in Ulverston pay the same taxes so it’s about time that the town started receiving the attention it deserves.”

In a letter to SLDC, Stuart Edwards, chief executive of the Cumbria Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner “It is possible to add additional cameras to the system, which should last for seven years.

“However, we would look to the council to meet 100 per cent of the cost of any additional cameras.”

SLDC cabinet will discuss the possibility of purchasing two extra cameras for Ulverston, at a cost of £35,185, when it meets on Wednesday in Kendal.

Have your say

Spy cameras are totally ineffective; a waste of council taxpayers' money. Every serious academic study into their use has come to the conclusion that they don't work. Improved street lighting gets better results. The cameras are just an excuse for the police to further retreat from the front line. Of course the ostriches at SLDC, and ill-informed business owners carry on trumpeting their effectiveness; they'll never learn, but it's not their own money being spent on these useless devices.

Posted by OCA on 8 February 2014 at 16:11

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