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Pickering rejects third CCTV cash request
9:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
COUNCILLORS in Pickering have again given a thumbs down to helping fund CCTV cameras in the town.
The town council had been asked by Ryedale Cameras In Action to reconsider its earlier decision.
David Lloyd-Williams said: “We are in the process of carrying out a full review of the town centre’s system and its operation, particularly in the light of technological advances and the need to plan for the future.”
Pickering Town Council clerk Andrew Husband said the authority had decided to stop funding the CCTV system last November.
He said: “The council was not convinced that the Pickering cameras were necessary.”
The town council turned down a another request to fund the scheme in February this year.
Coun Tommy Woodward said businesses in Pickering were now supporting the CCTV operation in the town, and said he believed cameras should be installed in the open countryside following the recent prosecution of a local hunt for fox-hunting.
Coun Mal Danks said: “We have done research and decided not to give priority to the cameras. We might look at it again in the future.”
Coun Fred Downes said the £10,000 North Yorkshire Police are to spend on re-branding the force could have been used towards providing CCTV cameras.
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