Plans approved for the upgrade of analogue CCTV systems in Weston

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Plans to upgrade the old analogue CCTV system in Weston have been given the green light by local councillors, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

According to the original news source, the current system is in desperate need of replacing as a number of cameras no longer work and the equipment is out of date so cannot be repaired.

The CCTV system covers Weston, Clevedon, Portishead and Nailsea and costs £310,000 a year to run. Weston Town Council contributes £80,844 towards the total, while the others pay £10,000 each.

The cost of an upgrade is estimated at £350,000 – with Weston Town Council’s share likely to be around £100,000 on top of the £80,000 a year revenue cost.

Councils are being asked to consider whether to decommission the cameras or commit to funding CCTV provision for the next five years. Modern digital cameras would increase functionality with automated recognition capabilities and significantly clearer images to help with prosecutions. Equipment would also be much easier and less expensive to replace or move.

Cllr Tim Taylor said: “Safety should be at the forefront of our agenda, but if we are going to be able to commit in principle we need to know the performance of the cameras and whether they are in the right place.”

Councillors backed the proposal in principle as long as the town council is fully involved in the tender process for the system and if the final cost is acceptable.


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