Thursday, 19 October 2017

Delay in review of cameras

HENLEY councillors are set to agree to pay towards the cost of the town’s CCTV cameras

HENLEY councillors are set to agree to pay towards the cost of the town’s CCTV cameras for another year.

The town council contributes towards the cost of the 17 cameras in the town centre as well as owning another three at Mill Meadows.

The network is administered by South Oxfordshire District Council from a control room in Abingdon.

A 10-year agreement to run the cameras was made in 2004 but was extended by two years to allow Thames Valley Police to review the scheme and the force’s funding contribution.

The town council is expected to agree another one-year contract extension to give the police more time to complete their review.



Speaking at a council meeting, Councillor Ian Reissmann said the cameras benefited the town, adding: “They make people feel more secure and may help us catch perpetrators.

“At some point the whole system needs to be replaced — £65,000 was spent on the initial investment in 2004.”

Town clerk Janet Wheeler said: “We have the newest cameras and Thame has the hand-me-downs.”



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