There have been reports in the press about cash strapped councils turning off their CCTV camera networks, writes Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.
Providing and monitoring CCTV cameras doesn’t come cheap and it’s not something councils have to do by law. Given the large cuts in funding from Government they have had - and are going to have - I’m not surprised that some councils are turning their cameras off or not monitoring them..
I was asked at a recent meeting whether Ipswich Borough Council is going to turn off its cameras.
Given our sound financial management of the council we don’t currently see any need to look at turning off our cameras or stopping monitoring of them.
However the longer Government cuts to council funding continue, or if cuts are bigger than expected, then services like this that we have come to expect and rely on could come under increasing threat.