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Big Brother set to keep watching

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Crime-busting CCTV cameras are set to keep rolling in Chorley.

A special report has ruled out reducing – or event scrapping – the system.

And councillors this week will be asked to give the go ahead to an upgrade that could cost more than £250,000.

A review of Chorley’s CCTV coverage has shown significant support for the cameras - including from police, public town centre businesses and parish
councils.

It is said to play an integral role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour.

A residents’ survey, commissioned as part of the review, showed that for the majority, the presence of CCTV made them feel safe.

Chorley Council’s executive cabinet, which meets on Thursday, will also be told that it also proves useful in helping to safeguard vulnerable residents, including those who go missing from home.

A report of the council’s overview and scrutiny task group states: “As Chorley Council has made long-term commitments in helping to ensure that Chorley has clean, safe and healthy communities and a strong, local economy, it is recommended that the council continues to support the provision of CCTV which aids the realisation of these
commitments.

“Therefore the option to decommission the service is not considered acceptable and the task group recommend the service is continued to be provided by the council at some
level.”

The chairman of the task group is Coun Robert Finnamore.

Vice-chairman, councillor Kim Snape, said: “I think it’s good they realise it’s a priority and being looked at and we’ve been all round the houses to speak to people who benefit from it and use it.

“The message we got, whether it was police, town centre, parish councils, is how important it is to 
keep.

“Some is not as good as it could be at the moment.

“So fingers crossed they will agree with it and we can go onwards and upwards.

“It’s such an important piece of kit.”

She added: “There are other options to look at and whether we ask other people to put money in as well, and that’s something for the council to decide.”

The report also included information about provision in South Ribble were the system was much smaller, and in Blackpool, where the council had decided, due to budget pressure, to stop staffing the system.

Chorley Council’s CCTV is solely owned and operated by the authority and comprises a number of overt cameras throughout the borough.

The system was first commissioned in 1996 and was initially introduced in the town centre, linked to the Secure Car Parks scheme.

It was subsequently extended throughout the borough.

All cameras are monitored from a central control room at Chorley Police Station and are only accessible to view by council-appointed CCTV control room operators.

 

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