A report by a council scrutiny taskforce has stated that if the authorities decide to reinstall CCTV surveillance in the town of Richmond in North Yorkshire, the Ministry of Defence will bear the cost of monitoring the cameras.
Richmondshire District Council’s scrutiny committee has been looking into the possibility of getting CCTV cameras back into the town after they were removed in March 2014 as a cost-cutting measure.
Cllr Richard Blows, who is chairman of the group, stated that even though Richmond was a low-crime town, residents and shopkeepers would feel safer and more secure if the CCTV cameras were reinstalled, and the MoD has given assurance that monitoring of the cameras could be done without incurring additional costs.
The report will be considered during the next meeting of the council’s corporate board. The meeting is slated for 13th September 2016.
The report stated that the MoD has held discussions with the private security contractor that presently monitors CCTV cameras, and the contractor has acknowledged that there wouldn’t be additional costs for monitoring the system by the staff that are currently operating the control room.
However, the report also stated that the MoD would not provide the CCTV cameras, monitors and the necessary hardware for recording and controlling the data. It also mentioned that the MoD would not be responsible for repairing and maintaining the equipment.
The report ends by stating that reintroducing CCTV cameras in Richmond and ensuring 24-hour monitoring of the cameras would benefit local residents, businesses and those visiting the town.
During a meeting between the MoD Liaison Group and Richmondshire District Council, the MoD welcomed the prospect of reinstalling CCTV cameras in Richmond and confirmed that it could increase the number of screens at the military’s CCTV suite without the burden of extra costs.
This scheme could become viable if all the stakeholders commit and contribute to it, according to the report.