Borough support for town’s CCTV system

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Longridge’s ageing closed circuit television system has received support from Ribble Valley Council.

A borough council spokesperson said: “There was a general decision from the recent policy and finance committee to make sure Longridge has a CCTV system fit for purpose.”

Members had been given a full report on the town’s CCTV system, after councillors David Smith and Ken Hind, who represent the town on the borough council, called for Longridge’s CCTV system to be linked up with a central control room which is located at Clitheroe.

Both Clitheroe and Whalley are monitored throughout the day and night, seven days a week from this room, while Longridge is only monitored “as and when” by police officers, with heavy reliance on volunteers at weekends.

After the councillors’ call for action, meetings took place between various interested parties, including representatives of Ribble Valley officials and the police.

The subsequent report covered issues such as what was wrong with the current system and the to cost of bringing it up to scratch, the idea of linking the Longridge CCTV to Clitheroe, covering both the technical and cost issues, and how successful, or what successes the CCTV system in Longridge had achieved, in combating or preventing crime.

Longridge’s CCTV was not initially linked with the control room in Clitheroe due to the cost of physically linking the cable to Longridge, but since then technology has moved on.

When Longridge’s first five cameras were installed in the town seven years ago, the system was hailed as state-of-the-art with its high-tech “pan, tilt and zoom” cameras.

The spokesperson said that since the meeting, Ribble Valley had written to Longridge Town Council and Lancashire’s crime commissioner, asking if they could contribute any money towards Longridge’s CCTV.

Funding was originally obtained from businesses, Longridge Town Council and the Community Safety Partnership.