CCTV cameras look set to return to Richmond town centre - because of a cash boost from the District Council.
Members of Richmondshire’s Corporate Board are expected to award £21,110 to pay for four fixed and three deployable cameras - which will be installed and run by the Town Council.
“Last summer we made a commitment to help communities with the capital costs of installing cameras,” said Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.
“And this is what we are doing for Richmond – without our injection of cash these cameras would not be being installed.”
Up until 2014 the town was covered by a scheme of cameras funded through a partnership of the district council, town council and local businesses - but they were withdrawn by the district council when funding was no longer available from the business community.
“Although crime is relatively low in Richmond town centre and the town is recognised as a safe place to live we have listened to the wishes of local residents who want cameras covering the town centre,” added Councillor Peacock.
“We will look to help all communities and business associations wanting to operate schemes themselves. Our award to Richmond Town Council will pay for the cameras – there will be no ongoing revenue contributions for the council.”
Corporate Board Councillors are expected to make the cash award to Richmond Town Council when they meet on January 16.
Under the scheme four cameras will be fixed on the town hall and museum covering the car parks, pedestrian and shopping areas. Another three deployable cameras will also be bought to be used on troublespots.
January 8, 2018