A town centre CCTV camera near "town square"

Uckfield CCTV cameras under scrutiny

Uckfield town centre CCTV cameras are becoming increasing difficult to maintain.

The cameras are ten years old and obtaining  parts to maintain them is becoming more and more difficult as they are no longer manufactured.

Police do not routinely monitor the cameras, with footage only viewed after an incident.

Town council officers are meeting police to obtain an “operational overview” of CCTV in the town before producing a report to councillors towards the end of October.

Members of the council’s environment and leisure committee meeting last Monday (September 5) asked for statistics on how many times the CCTV had been viewed in the last 12 months.

The council is now considering its budget for the financial year 2017/18 and will be deciding what money to allocate to projects in the coming year, such as CCTV.

Other schemes being investigated include the re-surfacing and marking out the Osborn Hall car park in Hempstead Road and upgrading a path to the Millennium Green from Ridgewood village hall.

Members of the environment and leisure committee present at the meeting:

Cllr Barry Mayhew, Indpependent, New Town (who chaired the meeting)
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central Ward (who acted as vice-chair)

Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, Uckfied North

Apologies

Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town (chairman)
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Ian Smith Indpendent, Ridgewood

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