Following on from a statement made by Denbighshire County Council earlier this year a move to cut costs and balance its budget would mean it would no longer be able to fund CCTV from the 31st October next. Denbighshire County Council have repeatedly warned that they would have to make cuts in not statutory service provision, a category into which CCTV falls. The money saving scheme, ending coverage for CCTV cameras being monitored in Denbighshire was the subject of heated debate at a public meeting held between DCC and members of the Business Community in Rhyl recently.
Presently there are 59 cameras covering public areas in Rhyl including the town centre and high crime hotspots, 18 in Prestatyn and four in Rhuddlan. Each camera is linked to a continuously manned central control room in Rhyl police station, Wellington Road.
CCTV camera footage, which is monitored 24 hours a day, will have its funding scrapped entirely in March 2016, saving the council £200,000 a year for the period 2016/17. Although the cameras will still run, lack of funding means all footage will not be monitored. Consultation on job losses has already begun.
Whilst Denbighshire County Council will discuss plans at its meeting next week unless alternative funding from Town or other public funding sources is found the present service will end on 31 October.
A similar situation in Anglesey was resolved by a non statutory body taking responsibility and providing funding for the service last year. An alternative funding package is desperately being sought