Cameras roll out after CCTV cash boost


Emily Davies

AN ANTI-CRIME expansion scheme could be on the way for villages near Oswestry.
With a £68,000 CCTV grant now secured the town council is currently in discussion with neighbouring parishes to look at introducing similar schemes in a bid to cash in on the commercial aspect.
It is hoped this will make the scheme cost-neutral.
Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor John Gareth Jones, confirmed discussions to expand the scheme were ongoing with councils including Gobowen and Selattyn with a special meeting due to take place later this month.
He said: “The council has been committed to the conservation and capital funded the original scheme back in 2000
“We recognise the need to replace those cameras and we have worked closely with Oswestry police inspector Rik Klair and CCTV co-ordinator Jim Stafford to secure the £68,000 of funding for the next three years to enable the scheme to be brought up to date.
“With this new technology we are now in a position to add to the scheme and this is something that we will pursue to try and make the future running costs cost neutral to the council and local taxpayers.”
The recent £68,000 grant was released by the West Mercia Police Crime Commissioner, Bill Longmore, last month and will be used to upgrade the 15 cameras currently based in the town centre, plus an additional eight based at Gobowen railway station.
It follows several months of work by former police inspector Jim Stafford, who quoted £150,000 for the scheme, after he was involved in the original set-up 14 years ago.

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