Funding requested for CCTV in Richmond Market Place

Richmond market place. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

District councillors will be asked to approve a contribution of £21,100 towards the installation of CCTV in Richmond Market Place next week.

Plans have been drawn up by Richmond Town Council for four cameras to be installed in the town centre.

These would be erected on the Green Howards Museum and the Town Hall to cover the shops and parking areas Market Place.

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It is proposed to also buy three re-deployable multi camera units which could be moved around the town centre.

“Last summer we made a commitment to help communities with the capital costs of installing cameras,” said Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

“And this is what we are doing for Richmond – without our injection of cash these cameras would not be being installed.

She added: “Although crime is relatively low in Richmond town centre and the town is recognised as a safe place to live we have listened to the wishes of local residents who want cameras covering the town centre.

“We will look to help all communities and business associations wanting to operate schemes themselves. Our award to Richmond Town Council will pay for the cameras – there will be no on going revenue contributions for the council.”

A debate on CCTV being restored in the town continued for several years. The district council’s own system was decommissioned in 2014.

More than 1,400 people signed a petition calling for CCTV to be reinstalled in the town was submitted last year.

However, district councillors decided against paying for the cameras to be replaced last July.

The council did though make a commitment to provide one off capital support for any viable proposal that came forward from other groups.

Thisprompted discussions with Richmond Town Council who were keen to pursue the re-introduction of CCTV cameras positioned in the Market Place.

A report to councillors states that the town council sought quotes for both static and re-deployable units.

The town council has now asked the district authority if they will pay £21,000 plus VAT for purchasing the system.

Officers say the district council would not be responsible for operating or maintaining the CCTV system if it was purchased.

The district council’s corporate board will discuss the request for funding at its meeting next Tuesday.

 

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