Joint effort behind town CCTV revamp
WINCANTON'S ailing town centre CCTV system is set to be revamped after the town council and police neighbourhood beat team agreed to join forces to provide a new system.
The current network of four cameras, which are centred on the town hall, was installed 15 years ago.
They recently underwent a full service to try and repair a number of problems.
Town clerk Sam Atherton said that the current system records images on to a CD-ROM which is then collected by police.
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She added that the system was starting to show its age and had not been as reliable as it once was.
She said: "We had the CCTV serviced for the sum of £30 earlier this year.
"But the system that we have got keeps shutting down and going wrong and the picture is not always clear enough for police."
Speaking at the town council meeting on Monday, Ms Atherton told councillors that she had been acquiring quotes for a new system.
She said: "I have received a quote for four brand new cameras and new digital recorder which will cost £1,440.
"The image will be much sharper and there will no longer be the need for the CD-ROMs as police will be able to download footage onto a memory stick.
"I have asked the police to see if they are able to offer any funding towards the cost."
PC Andrew Brown of Wincanton police said that the current CCTV system had proven to be a valuable asset in the fight against crime in the town centre and he welcomed any venture to see it upgraded.
He said: "We have had great success with the CCTV footage in the past and it's a real aid in investigating crime in the town centre which can sometimes be a bit of busy area for it."
PC Brown added that the neighbourhood beat team is working with the town council to try and secure funding towards the project.
He added: "The CCTV system was great when we first had it installed and it really does help.
"As well as recording images It is also a really good deterrent.
"Any improvement to the system has got to be a good thing."
County councillor Anna Groskop also advised the town council that they might be able to apply for a grant from the Market Towns Initiative towards the project.