Local News & Archive — June 19, 2017 at 10:31 am — Updated: June 19, 2017 at 10:33 am

Cheshire council to monitor Denbighshire CCTV

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CCTV cameras in three Denbighshire towns will be monitored by council staff in Chester.

The network covering Rhyl, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan has been run for the past year by a partnership. But Cheshire West and Chester Council will now take over monitoring after the pilot involving police and local councils was declared unsustainable.

Feeds from 32 of the 80 cameras in the three towns will be prioritised with officers alerting North Wales Police immediately if anything is spotted. The lower priority cameras will not be replaced or repaired if they break down.

Denbighshire County Council previously monitored the system until budget cuts two years ago. The local authority agreed to become a part of the 12-month trial for CCTV monitoring, which included North Wales Police and the town councils in Rhyl, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan.

While the cameras have remained operational around the clock, they have not been monitored on a full-time basis – crime figures have remained around the same in the past year.

Around £80,000 is needed to replace the CCTV server at Rhyl police station, which is said to be beyond its working life and funding is currently being sought.

The high priority cameras will be ranked according to their importance in tackling crime and disorder and how they contribute to the local community.

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