West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2015-11-03
End date: 2015-12-14
Results: 2016-03-03
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[ARCHIVED] Budget Proposal 2016/17 - Phase One: CCTV

Part of the range of West Berkshire Council's budget proposals for 2016/17, with supporting information and Equality Impact Assessments

If you haven't already seen our video explaining why these changes are being proposed, please visit our Budget Proposals 2016/17 webpage.

Background

Nationally, crime is low and in West Berkshire this is no different. In fact crime has fallen consistently over the last five years. The council is committed to continuing to work with its partners to keep the incidence of crime and anti social behaviour low. We believe that local businesses and residents have a very important part to play in keeping crime low by staying vigilant, taking appropriate action to safeguard their property and reporting any crime or anti social behaviour to Thames Valley Police.


Proposal

We currently provide a Public Open Space CCTV service at an annual cost of £224,930.There are 40 cameras deployed across the District as follows:

Newbury - 24 (two located in Greenham)

Thatcham - 4

Hungerford - 4

Pangbourne - 2

Lambourn - 3

Theale - 3

The cameras are currently monitored 24/7 by the CCTV control room at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council. We currently receive no funding from any of the appropriate town and parish councils or from Thames Valley Police for this service. This is a non statutory service and one that many councils across the country have already closed down without a negative effect on crime levels.

Unless we receive assurances from the appropriate town and parish councils and from Thames Valley Police that they are prepared to fully fund this service it is proposed to suspend this service from 1 April 2016.


What do we think the impact will be?

The suspension of the CCTV service will mean that the Business Watch and Pub Watch Schemes that operate a community radio system will not have the support of the CCTV Control Room. The suspension of the CCTV service will also mean that Thames Valley Police may not have the potential to secure additional evidence provided by CCTV images to support a case in court. However, CCTV evidence is only a small part of any evidential package should there be footage available. From a community perspective, communities may feel that the suspension of the service provides them with less reassurance. However, we will work with its partners (including the appropriate parish and town councils) to help increase reassurance.


What else have we considered in arriving at our proposal?

As part of this consultation we are planning to approach all appropriate town and parish councils and Thames Valley Police to see if they are prepared to pick up the full costs of funding this service.


This consultation is now closed.

What you told us

We received 25 responses to this consultation.

We have condensed all your comments into the 'Summary of Responses' and everything you said, word for word, is contained in 'Verbatim Responses'.

These can be found in 'Documents' below.

What we did

A recommendation on how to proceed with this proposal was made to the Executive Members on 11 February 2016.

This can also be found below in 'Overview and Recommendation'.

Following this, at the Full Council Meeting on 1 March 2016, all Members discussed this proposal as part of setting the Revenue Budget for 2016/17.

At the vote, the budget was agreed with the suggested amendments.

It was agreed to proceed with this proposal.

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