Wednesday, 20 September 2017

CCTV plan scrapped

PLANS to install a number plate recognition camera on Henley Bridge have been scrapped.

Henley Town Council had budgeted up to £5,500 to buy and install the CCTV camera but now members have said it should be paid for by Thames Valley Police.

Automatic number plate recognition cameras scan vehicle registrations and check these immediately against information in official databases, such as the police national computer, to identify stolen cars or those involved in crime.

Councillor Dylan Thomas, who works for a security software company, said the council should not be expected to pay.

Speaking at a finance strategy and management committee meeting, he said: “This software and hardware are nowhere near the price we are being quoted and it should not be paid for by this council.”

Chairman Will Hamilton said the cost had been discussed with the police.

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