Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire CCTV monitoring teams set for merger
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As they’re faced with seemingly never-ending budget cuts, borough councils have started to look for all sorts of creative methods that would enable them to save money, but it in the same time keep in place vital services, such as public CCTV surveillance.
That’s also the case with Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire borough councils, who’ve revealed plans to merge the team which monitors Cambridge’s CCTV cameras with its counterpart in Huntingdonshire, a news report in the local media reveals.
The link-up would reduce combined running costs by about £200,000 annually, but, unfortunately, unifying the teams will also means that several members of staff are likely to be rendered redundant. The cameras around Cambridge would actually be watched at Huntingdonshire District Council’s headquarters rather than at the Guildhall.
This plan comes about 18 months after the city council stopped live monitoring of images during quieter periods after members judged the deterrent effect of CCTV was based on the possibility that somebody might be watching. Naturally, safety fears were raised, but borough leaders said the annual cost of Cambridge’s cameras – then £850,000 – had to come down.
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