Island councils mulling CCTV takeover after three month reprieve


Tomos Hughes

TOWN and community councils across Anglesey are now considering a permanent takeover of the island’s CCTV cameras after the county council handed over control last week.

Amlwch, Beaumaris, Holyhead, Llangefni and Menai Bridge town and community councils have pledged to manage CCTV footage from their respective towns over the next three months after Anglesey County Council relinquished control on Friday, June 20.

North Wales Police will provide support for the councils during that period, while the authorities examine the monitoring and maintenance costs of the cameras, before making a final decision over a long-term takeover of their town’s CCTV system.

In a council meeting last Monday, Beaumaris Town council clerk Trevor Ashenden said: “All five town councils need to know exactly what it’s going to cost.

All five welcomes the fact that we were going to be the data owners from the 20th of June.”

Mayor of Beaumaris, councillor Ian Davies said: “The cameras are on, they have been on and they will remain on. It sends out a message to those thinking of committing crime that they are on and they are being watched.”

Councillor Alistair Grant added: “I look forward to having the financial breakdown of this.

“Big brother is still watching you. It’s sounds pretty bad but it’s a message we need to give out.

"We’re still watching and you’re still on the screen.”

An Isle of Anglesey County Council spokesperson said: “Progress has been made with the options available for the future delivery of CCTV on the Isle of Anglesey.”

“All five Town Councils (Holyhead, Amlwch, Llangefni, Beaumaris and Menai Bridge) have signed an agreement with the County Council which confirms that they will be responsible as the data owners.”

“A period of three months has been agreed to allow a Task and Finish Group, supported by North Wales Police, to explore the detailed information required by the Town Councils before they are in a position to commit to a longer term arrangement.”

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