Gwynedd Council Closed Circuit Television Service

Date: 02/02/2018

A report that will be considered by Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet recommends investing £489,000 to upgrade the Council’s Closed Circuit Television network.

 

If the Cabinet supports the recommendation to establish an unmanned CCTV provision, the Council will install new cameras and a wi-fi system in a number of locations in the county to replace the old analogue system that has been in place for around 20 years.

 

Installing the new CCTV system would mean:

 

  • that North Wales Police could instantly access the live images at any time of the day;
  • far higher quality images that can be used in courts today and in future;
  • a wireless connection that would allow for the opportunity to expand the CCTV service to other locations in the county if required in the future.

 

Councillor Gareth Griffith, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal matters said: “This significant investment of £489,000 would modernise the Closed Circuit Television provision and ensure that the service is suitable for years to come. The current cameras are now reaching the end of their operational life and in some cases the quality of images means that it can be difficult to use them to support court cases.

 

“By upgrading the system, we are confident that the service will be robust for years to come. If the new service is introduced, it will allow the police to have direct access to the system and the wireless technology will mean that it will be possible to relocate the equipment to other locations within the county as required. 

 

“As the county’s residents are well aware, the cuts to the funding the Council receives from the government centrally means that we have no option but to look again at how we deliver some services. In this instance, in accordance with the wishes of Gwynedd residents, we have tried to find an option that delivers a significant financial saving of £210,000 whilst maintaining the CCTV provision.

 

“Of course, introducing the unmanned CCTV system would mean a change. It would mean the loss of four full-time posts from 2019/20 onwards and we will naturally be discussing directly with those individuals if the report is approved.

 

“However, be introducing this change gradually, it will allow us as a Council to discuss the way forward with the relevant staff members and to make every effort to identify opportunities for alternative posts within the Council wherever possible.”

 

A report on the closed circuit television service will be presented to the Council Cabinet on 13 February.