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Minutes PDF 151 KB
that the minutes of the meeting
of the Panel held on 19th July, 2017 be received and
approved as a correct record.
Introduction to Scrutiny Review of CCTV PDF 181 KB
The Chairman introduced the
item and advised the Panel that a review of CCTV had been added to
the Scrutiny Workplan following a meeting of the Overview and
Scrutiny Committee held on 10th September,
2017. It was agreed that the purpose of
the review would be to gain an understanding of CCTV, how it
contributes to the Council’s corporate priorities and what
impact they may have within the community. To assist with the
review, the Council’s Interim Community Protection Manager
was in attendance at the meeting.
The Scrutiny Manager advised
Members that the meeting would enable them to scope the topic and
decide on the length and breadth of the review.
Councillor Wilson took the
opportunity to comment that he had taken part in the first scrutiny
review of CCTV which had taken place around 9 years’
previously. He extolled the benefits of
undertaking a site visit to the CCTV control room at an early stage
in the review which he believed enhanced Member’s insight
into the topic and greatly informed the direction of the review and
its possible outcomes.
The Council’s Interim
Community Protection Manager advised the Panel that the new shared
Police control room had recently opened. It was now located at the Police Headquarters at
Sherwood Lodge, Hucknall following the sale of Kelham Hall by
Newark and Sherwood District Council where it was previously
located. The new base had been equipped
with all the latest technology and the formal launch of the control
room would be taking place within the next few weeks.
Whilst speaking, the Interim
Community Protection Manager took the opportunity to inform Members
about his background as a Police Chief Superintendent with the
Nottinghamshire Police Force and his knowledge of the benefits and
challenges of CCTV provision.
Ashfield District Council
currently owned 29 wireless cameras with 2 of them being the more
mobile (rapidly deployable) versions for use at hotspot
locations. The cameras were fixed
across the District’s 3 town centres and other key locations
i.e. parks and were monitored 24 hours a day, all year
The CCTV provision in Ashfield
was part of a collaborative arrangement with Newark and Sherwood
District Council and Broxtowe Borough Council. Nottinghamshire
Police were also a stakeholder and had direct access to the images
as required. A company called Profile
Security currently undertook the monitoring and storage of the CCTV
images and provided the stakeholders with regular performance and
operational data as necessary.
CCTV use nationally was
increasing both in the private sector and for personal
use. Increasing camera presence
promoted community safety and went a long way towards reducing the
fear of crime. The 29 cameras provided
by Ashfield District Council was a relatively small amount compared
to the 79 cameras provided by Newark and Sherwood District Council
and the 63 provided by Broxtowe Borough Council, however this was
reflected in the cost of providing the service with Ashfield
District Council paying a proportional contribution to the
agreement of 17%.
From a policing perspective,
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