Ramsey Town Council asked to review CCTV funding decision

RAMSEY town councillors have been asked to think again about contributing towards CCTV provision after it was confirmed two of the town’s four cameras could be at risk.

Members will re-consider their decision not to pay �4,255 to keep the scheme going at their next meeting on March 8. The town council was asked to contribute half of the annual running costs for the cameras after Huntingdonshire District Council said it could no longer foot the entire bill.

At a meeting in December, town councillors voted against offering any financial contribution.

District councillors for Ramsey Peter Reeve and Ian Curtis agreed to ask the council to review that decision after meeting with HDC’s head of operations, Eric Kendall, and Cllr Tom Sanderson, executive councillor for healthy and active communities, last week.

Hopes are that the town council may be able to use �40,000 of developers’ money earmarked for recreational and leisure use to fund the cameras.

Cllr Reeve, who is also a town councillor, said: “The proposal they have put forward, if we continue with the option we were going down of Ramsey not financing CCTV at all, was that they would have knocked it down to two cameras. If we do fund it, we will keep what we have got.

“We said we will re-consider as long as the package isn’t just about cameras, but also includes introducing Shopwatch with Radiolink set up in Ramsey.”

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Cllr Sanderson said: “We were looking at taking down two cameras [in Ramsey]. It would be disappointing, if we had to do that, but it wouldn’t be fair to the other towns to take their coverage off them if the town councillors there are going to put money towards it.”