Tackling the fear of Crime in Fylde

The Town Hall St Annes will become the venue for the official launch of the live monitored CCTV that has recently been installed in the town centres of St Annes and Kirkham.  The formal switch on will take place on the 4th September and is the culmination of many months of work by Fylde Borough Council and its partners on the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP)  & Community Safety Partnership. 

The new system, which replaces the rapid deployment cameras, has a ‘real time’ monitoring facility.  This means that images from the cameras are now instantly beamed back to the Blackpool CCTV control room, where operators monitor what is happening live on the ground and when necessary take appropriate action. The town centre rapid deployment cameras will now be re-deployed into the rural and more isolated areas of the Borough giving even greater coverage. 

Bernard Whittle, Chair of the LSP and former Conservative County Councillor said, “This has been a real partnership effort and everyone has worked hard to make it happen.  The community has been telling us for sometime that they wanted live CCTV and I am delighted to say that we have now been able to achieve this for them.  The new system will provide local residents with renewed reassurance and confidence to go about their business, particularly at night, knowing that any unacceptable behaviour is being monitored and police deployment taking place with immediate effect. The links to the central CCTV control room now provide positive policing and the effective use of resources. Whilst Fylde remains one of the safest places in Lancashire this new addition will hopefully help us achieve the overall aim of becoming the number one safest place to live, work and visit.” 

My Cabinet colleague Councillor Cheryl Little, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Fylde Borough Council said: “These new cameras should be a signal to the residents of both of the towns that we are doing everything we can, including joining forces with other organisations, to make sure their home town is safer. It is a fantastic addition to an already exemplary arsenal of crime deterrents we have implemented.” 

Conservative Councillors fought the 2003 District Council elections with a manifesto that included the committment to more CCTV cameras for the Borough.  I am delighted that FBC has been able to play it’s part in making this happen and that we can now start to reduce the fear of crime whilst at the same time show we are keen to reduce anti social behaviour and take legal action against anyone caught braking the law in the Town Centres of Fylde.

The cameras are a culmination of months of partnership working between the Community Safety Partnership, Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council and Western Divisional Police. The cost of the scheme has been met through funding from Fylde Local Strategic Partnership, the Community Safety Partnership, the Safer Lancashire Board and Fylde Borough Council, up to 2012. Blackpool Council has carried out the installation and, following the 04 September launch, will be entering into a Service Level Contract with Fylde

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