CCTV provision could be cut to save more cash


A town’s CCTV could be slashed to save money.

There are seven permanent fixed publicly owned CCTV cameras in Sandy.

Three are funded by Central Beds Council and four by Sandy Town Council.

The town council has said it is reviewing its four cameras to see if they are value for money.

Although community safety is a high priority for the council, councillors have queried the financial value of the current service, which is provided by Hertfordshire CCTV Partnership. It is costing Sandy Town Council more than £22,000 this financial year.

Mayor Susan Sutton said “Our tax base has been reduced by council tax benefit reforms and Central Bedfordshire Council is refusing to pass on to us any of the central government funding it receives which is specifically designed to compensate us for this loss.

“We are scrutinizing all our services to see where savings can most sensibly be made and we are keen to hear the views of the public and law enforcement agencies.”

The town council’s cameras are in the town centre car park, Bedford Road Recreation Ground, the Jenkins Pavilion and the former skate park.