CCTV funding is confirmed for next three years


Emily Davies

FUNDING will remain in place for Oswestry’s CCTV camera for the next three years, it’s been confirmed.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore and his deputy, Barry Seldon, have revealed that they aim to provide £250,000 CCTV funding for the whole of West Mercia.
But they were unable to confirm how much of the pot would be spent in Oswestry.
Oswestry Town Council is currently investigating the cost of upgrading the 12 CCTV cameras that have helped reduce crime in the town since being installed 12 years ago.
Mr Sheldon said: “I think all councils are having trouble funding CCTV, but we believe in CCTV and think it is important for communities. It is also very useful for investigations
Mr Sheldon was also unable to confirm where Oswestry CCTV will based but did confirm the town’s police station is safe.
Mr Seldon continued: “I know in Oswestry it is hard times, things are changing but we want to help every community.”
Town councillors welcomed the funding news with caution, while former town councillor Heather Bickerton urged that the number of CCTV cameras not be reduced.
Mrs Bickerton, who was Mayor of Oswestry when the CCTV system was installed, said: “There is no way of measuring how much crime is prevented because of the cameras, but we do know crime has dropped since they were brought in.”
The meeting also heard that West Mercia Police has voted to increase its council tax precept by 1.99 per cent as it looks to make additional savings of £22 million over the next two years, on top of the £30m savings already faced by the force and its alliance with Warwickshire.
Councillors were assured that cuts would not be made to frontline staff.

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