SHROPSHIRE could be-come the CCTV hub for West Mercia Police if new plans come to fruition, the Advertizer has learned.
Currently Shropshire Council is leading discussions to modernise the county’s CCTV provision.
But speaking ahead of a stakeholder meeting due to take place next week, Shropshire councillor Steve Charmley, portfolio holder for Business Growth, confirmed that the unitary authority is looking at how it can provide CCTV to other counties and in turn, the police force.
Revealing plans for the council to “partner-up” with an electronics company to provide the provision, he said: “We will need to have a clear understanding of what we need to provide across the county.
“We are going go to these companies to find out what they can do for Shropshire. If it comes into being we will then be able to sell services to other counties outside Shropshire.
“Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore is coming to the meeting as we could provide a hub for the West Mercia police force’s CCTV monitoring.
“That would be coup for Shropshire, but it is too early to say what will happen.”
Cllr Charmley also suggested that the closing control room could be the base for the new hub, adding: “The facilities are there to pull this all together, but the financing is still unknown.”
The scheme would form part of Shropshire Council’s Local Commissioning and IP&E business strategy, which aims to create businesses within the council that can sell services to external organisations.
But with the discussions currently in the air, Cllr Charmley said officials behind Oswestry’s own CCTV provision have put their modernisation plans on hold.
Former Oswestry police inspector, Jim Stafford, was tasked earlier this year with looking into how Oswestry’s own town centre system should be updated.
Mr Stafford has estimated a £150,000 bill to update the 12-year-old system.