Residents’ request for CCTV cameras in Richmond rejected

Richmond Market Place.

Richmondshire District Council will not be re-installing cctv cameras in Richmond town centre.

But councillors have agreed they will look to help other organisations and communities with set up costs – if those groups want to run and monitor the cameras themselves.

Last night members of full council endorsed a corporate board recommendation not to redeploy cameras in the market place.

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They heard from members of the public and considered a petition of more than 1,400 signatures which wanted to see cameras back in the town.

The council’s original system was decommissioned in 2014, when the district council, Richmond Town Council and local businesses decided they could not afford to continue to run and monitor them.

A council led review was started 18 months ago to look into whether they should be reinstated and it concluded that the installation costs of £39,500 and almost £30,000 per year to operate and monitor was not a proportionate response to the levels of crime within the Town Centre.

“Crime is relatively low in Richmond town centre and the town is recognised as a safe place to live,” said Deputy Leader, Councillor Ian Threlfall.

“We have agreed we cannot as a council reinstate these cameras in Richmond but we will look to help communities and business associations wanting to operate a scheme themselves.”