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Ulverston faces having no CCTV coverage

ULVERSTON could be left without CCTV coverage from April after councillors said they will no longer support the town’s outdated network.

While a replacement system is being considered, the number of cameras in the town would be slashed from nine to just two – if it goes ahead.

The existing camera network, which councillors described as “not fit for purpose”, costs South Lakeland District Council £30,000 a year to maintain.

Councillor Graham Vincent, SLDC portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said funding for the cameras would not be included in the council’s next budget.

At a meeting of SLDC’s cabinet yesterday in Kendal, Cllr Vincent said: “This is a big expenditure for a system that does not deliver, it’s not working and it’s not viable to repair.”

The news comes after Ulverston was left out of plans for a new countywide CCTV network of 54 cameras announced by police and crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes. SLDC will receive seven CCTV cameras under the scheme, all of which will be in Kendal.

SLDC will use £100,000 from its grant for tackling antisocial behaviour to fund the seven cameras with the office of the PCC. But the council will have to pay the full cost for any extra cameras with any remaining money.

Cabinet members agreed to use £64,815 from the grant to create seven new cameras in Kendal. It is proposed that the remainder of the £100,000, £35,185, can be put towards new cameras in Ulverston.

Cllr Vincent said: “The camera network is nearly dead in Ulverston. We would put the remainder of the £100,000 towards what is likely to be two new cameras in Ulverston.

“But nothing is absolutely certain until we get the return from the PCC on the tendering process.”

Councillor Janette Jenkinson, who represents Ulverston West, said: “What is being said is if we do not get the two cameras we would have no CCTV in Ulverston.” She added after th emeeting: “I can see that CCTV does go out of date and I can see the benefit of getting something up to date. Some is better than none but they’ve got to be in the right places.”

She said as businesses work towards establishing a Business Improvement District, extra funding might be found to boost the CCTV network in the future.

Have your say

Absolutely ridiculous! Kendal seems to get all the funding for town improvements. Why is no one concerned about Ulverston missing out on things like this. There is some very old people making these decisions - get a grip and get some fresh young talent/views on the council. Ulverston is a great historic market town and we need to help it grow. Sorry for the rant :) Jean

Posted by Jean Shenton on 19 February 2014 at 15:46

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