Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Supports Rossendale Borough Council’s CCTV Upgrade21 June, 2017
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw has supported Rossendale Council’s efforts to upgrade their CCTV system with £52,000 worth of match funding. Rossendale Borough Council requested the funding for the work which will see new cameras installed in Bacup, Haslingden, Stacksteads and Rawtenstall.
Each area will require a fibre broadband connection to ensure high quality images can be shared in real time, 24 hours a day all year round. The cost of the equipment and the new infrastructure for the whole upgrade will come to a total of £104,000.
The money was allocated following a review by Councillors at Rossendale and public concerns highlighted to the Commissioner. At a public meeting in Bacup in February the poor quality of the CCTV in the town was raised as a major concern.
Mr Grunshaw said, “I know first-hand that local residents and Rossendale Council have had concerns about the quality of CCTV equipment in the Borough. While local authorities are responsible for town centre CCTV, supporting the council to install the new cameras will enable the police to access high quality footage to support criminal investigations and prosecutions.
“I want the public to feel safe and secure in their communities. CCTV cameras and services can help provide that re-assurance and can deter criminal and anti-social behaviour.”
Councillor Jackie Oakes, Portfolio Holder for Operations, said: “I am delighted the Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded us this funding to modernise our CCTV system. Making our towns safer is a major priority for this council. This is good news for the borough and good news for residents, businesses and visitors. We worked hard to lobby for these resources to be brought into the borough.”
This year the Commissioner and Lancashire Constabulary also supported Blackburn with Darwen council alongside Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Preston in the introduction of the East Lancs CCTV hub based at King George’s Hall in Blackburn.