Anglesey Council to end CCTV provision in five towns

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

CCTV cameras in five Anglesey towns will be switched off in a council cost-cutting measure.

49 cameras in Holyhead, Amlwch, Llangefni, Beaumaris and Menai Bridge will be decommissioned on Friday, May 30 after Anglesey councillors agreed to the measure to save £177,000 .

Cllr Ieuan Williams, leader of Anglesey Council, said: “We understand that this is a contentious decision, but our first duty as an Authority must be to protect statutory services – like social services - which we must provide by law.

“CCTV is not a statutory service and as such we’ve taken the very difficult decision of ending this provision.”

The CCTV cut is one of several Anglesey Council faces after it had to slash its 2014/15 budget by £7.5 million.

Cllr Williams added: “Of course, we don’t want to withdraw any services but as the severe funding cuts affecting local authorities continue to bite, it’s reached the point where we have little choice.”

An Anglesey Council spokesman said: the authority was trying to redeploy six members of staff, employed as CCTV operators, who are being made redundant.

Once the service has been decommissioned, all cameras and associated equipment will be removed, due to legal requirements.


 

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