A potential new way of delivering the current CCTV system operated by Denbighshire County Council has been outlined to members of the Council’s Performance Scrutiny Committee.
The Council’s current CCTV system is operated by the Planning and Protection Service within the Control Room at Rhyl Police Station.
The main purpose of the system is to support the Community Safety Partnership’s approach to reducing the level and fear of crime, and to provide a safe public environment for the benefit of those who live, work, or visit Rhyl, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan, all of which have public space CCTV. The service also monitors a small number of CCTV cameras located on council land and buildings, for the purpose of security.
As part of the budget setting process, Denbighshire County Council will no longer be funding or managing the CCTV service as of 31st October. This will save the Council £200,000 for the 2016/17 financial year. Following the decision to stop funding the service, the Council set up a working group made up of representatives of North Wales Police, Rhyl and Prestatyn Town Councils and the Rhyl, Prestatyn and Elwy Area Member Groups (made up of county councillors for those areas). The group has considered alternative models, to continue delivering a CCTV service, albeit in a reduced capacity.
One of the options is to keep the CCTV cameras operating and recording, but with no monitoring. Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Planning and Public Protection, said: “The Council has needed to make some tough decisions during the budget setting process and stopping the funding of the CCTV operation was one of those tough decisions. We recognised the need to potentially have some kind of alternative provision wanted to start discussions with our partners at the earliest opportunity and investigate alternative options.
“The option put forward before Scrutiny would mean that the Council would deliver the saving, with a reduced CCTV service being put in place. Further work needs to be done over the coming weeks to develop the proposed model with our partners.However, we must stress that no final decision has been made at this stage”.