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Calls for Donations as Pickering CCTV Turned Off

Pickering CCTV camera hooded - Pickering Church 101213

5:47pm 10th December 2013

People and businesses in Pickering are being asked to donate money to help as CCTV cameras in the town are turned off.

Last year, Pickering Town Council said it could not afford to keep paying the £1,800 a year to keep them running. The CCTV cameras are still operating in Malton and Norton.

Martin Dales, Chairman of Ryedale Cameras in Action, said,

“Sadly no funds have been forthcoming from Pickering and so the trustees have reluctantly decided that the cameras will be switched off and hooded. We hope this is purely a temporary measure but the service needs funding particularly as the costs of line rental to get the CCTV pictures to and from Pickering take up half the charity’s costs each year.

“We do wonder whether the people of Pickering really want to see CCTV coverage disappear from their town at this time especially as Ryedale Cameras in Action is looking to expand its operations to one of 24/7 coverage every day of the year along with possible extensions to the other Ryedale market towns and other commercial premises.

“It is also clear that the other councils around us in York, Scarborough and Hambleton have all recently made significant investments in their CCTV systems, which in turn helps to keep everybody feeling safe and secure.”

Back in February, the leader of Ryedale Council and Pickering councillor Linda Cowling started to try to raise the money from local businesses. So far she has raised £800 of the £2,000 needed. She has told Minster FM her fundraising will continue and anyone who wants to donate can contact her on 01751 472778 or via e-mail at cllr.linda.cowling@ryedale.gov.uk .

Inspector Andy Everitt from North Yorkshire Police's Ryedale Safer Neighbourhood Team said,

“CCTV in Ryedale is an excellent community facility that is paid for by the community it serves. Unsurprisingly, the police are the organisation that will naturally respond to the majority of incidents that are captured on Ryedale CCTV however the system has a much wider application including the monitoring of flooding, congestion in our towns, missing persons, children truanting from school and so on.

“We have a collective legislative responsibility as partner agencies to deliver community safety and CCTV is a good example of how we can help to keep people safe. As an example, some excellent work has been done by key agencies, licensees and businesses in Malton, Norton and Pickering to reduce night time economy violence and CCTV has its part to play.

“If we are serious about attracting new businesses and new customers into our towns then we need to make the most efficient and joined up use of existing community assets that will have a positive effect on those who live, work and visit our towns in Ryedale.”

Martin Dales, Chairman of Ryedale Cameras in Action, said,

 

“Sadly no funds have been forthcoming from Pickering and so the trustees have reluctantly decided that the cameras will be switched off and hooded. We hope this is purely a temporary measure but the service needs funding particularly as the costs of line rental to get the CCTV pictures to and from Pickering take up half the charity’s costs each year.

 

“We do wonder whether the people of Pickering really want to see CCTV coverage disappear from their town at this time especially as Ryedale Cameras in Action is looking to expand its operations to one of 24/7 coverage every day of the year along with possible extensions to the other Ryedale market towns and other commercial premises.

 

“It is also clear that the other councils around us in York, Scarborough and Hambleton have all recently made significant investments in their CCTV systems, which in turn helps to keep everybody feeling safe and secure.”

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