Joint effort to save CCTV for the District

October 05, 2017 - 9:00am

Joint effort to save CCTV for the District

Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, and both the Lancaster and Morecambe BIDs (Business Improvement District) are extremely pleased to see that Lancaster City Council has not only voted to save the closed circuit television (CCTV) system, but also to significantly upgrade it as a fit-for-purpose 21st century system. It is also very encouraged to see that the Council is adopting good business practice by partnering with Vodafone in delivering the system.

Vicky Lofthouse, Chief Executive Officer of Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce said: “We are delighted to hear that Lancaster City Council has agreed to keep the vitally important CCTV service in our district, when so many councils are scaling back in an attempt to cut costs. The Chamber has been working with both Lancaster and Morecambe BID, since early 2016, on behalf of its Members to stop the cameras from being turned off, thus ensuring safety and peace of mind for businesses and members of the public alike. In addition, some very dedicated council officers have worked tirelessly to bring the new scheme to fruition.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Council to ensure the CCTV system is relevant, modern and sustainable.”

John O’Neill, Manager of Morecambe BID, added: “CCTV has become an indispensable part of civic life nowadays, acting as a vital tool for security, civic and social services.

“The new system being looked at by the Council will enable a monetisation of CCTV in a way that the old infrastructure could never have allowed. In addition, by adopting a 4G wireless system, more cameras can be added to the system without incurring addition additional infrastructure and support costs. This opens up the possibilities of mobile CCTV to police such issues as fly-tipping, vandalism, and anti-social behaviour to name but a few.”

Rachael Wilkinson, Lancaster BID Manager said: “CCTV is an integral part of Lancaster city centres make up and acts as a vital tool to keep residents and visitors safe. CCTV also holds significant importance to the business community in Lancaster. The approval of ‘The Smart District’ provides a sound basis on which to further develop the excellent partnerships which have developed from the CCTV working group over the past year, which will be an example for others to follow.”