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CCTV sharing could be on the cards for council

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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BURTON’S CCTV operation may soon be split between police and the borough council, in a bid by the authority to save cash.

East Staffordshire Borough Council has been looking into ways to reduce the cost of its CCTV system for some time, and has now said it will ‘look into’ a suggestion to work with police in the area to run the cameras.

It is one of a number of initiatives the council is looking into to try to save £100,000 from its bill for the CCTV system, which has been running since 1995.

Councillor Sonia Andjelkovic, who is in charge of regulatory services at the council, said at a recent meeting: “Partnership working is very important. We spend too much of our lives duplicating things, so partnership working is of benefit.

“If the police do the same as we do, it seems a bit stupid to me and I think we should review it and look into it.”

The former Tory cabinet approved a raft of changes to the CCTV system last summer, with the aim of shaving money off its £800,000 three-year bill.

Seeking funding from other users of the borough’s 54 cameras was one of the ideas, as was removing some of the cameras which are not considered as useful as others.

Police currently do not currently contribute towards the cost of CCTV, according to a borough council report from last year.

Staffordshire Police have not yet been approached about the plan, a spokesman said.

The borough council has refused to comment on the plan, or the progress of the changes approved last year, but Councillor Andjelkovic said work was still ongoing.

“We will assess the future needs and these will form the basis of a more affordable future for a new, modern CCTV network to protect people’s safety,” she added.

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