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Camborne and Redruth town councils hope to have CCTV up and running by October

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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CCTV surveillance is set to return to the streets of Camborne, Redruth and Hayle after the town councils agreed to take control of the service.

It is hoped that CCTV coverage could be turned back on this autumn after the decision to take on the service from Cornwall Council.

It is hoped that reinstating the service will make the towns safer and also help tackle crime.

After several months of having no surveillance, the three towns – in partnership with Helston and Penzance town councils – say they will restart CCTV operations as soon as October.

Cornwall Council, which previously paid the transmission and maintenance costs, withdrew funding for CCTV on April 1.

Since then, the five councils have found the money needed to upgrade and reinstate the service, with the final figure to be confirmed at a meeting on September 9.

Amanda Mugford, town clerk for Camborne Town Council, said: "We are currently working to get CCTV in Camborne operational as quickly as possible.

"Having CCTV in the town is important in terms of public safety and along with the other towns in the partnership, we have prevented the cameras being decommissioned and removed. We gave a commitment to taking over the running of the CCTV and need the cameras upgrading before we begin the service.

"We aim to have the new improved service up and running in the autumn."

Peter Bennett, town clerk at Redruth Town Council, thought that getting CCTV up and running again in the town was vital.

"Hopefully, having CCTV operational again will see things go back to how they were in the town.

"It will make people feel safer and reassure residents that they are living in a safe town."

A contract for the equipment and supplies will be signed and a new control will be selected at the September 9 meeting.

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