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Future Hopes for CCTV

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 10th May 2014.

It is hoped CCTV in St Ives could be turned back on in the future.

Cameras are switched off at the moment after Cornwall Council pulled funding.

Town officials say they cannot afford to run it either but they are looking at ways around that.

Penzance and Camborne town councils are both running the systems themselves.

Locals have told Pirate FM they fear it will lead to more trouble.

Town Mayor Colin Nicholls said: "In its day I think when we had modern cameras up and they were being manned 12-24 hours a day, I think it was a big benefit. Now they have only been manned for 18-24 hours a week, we just haven't got the cash to do it.

"Cornwall Council stops funding a lot of things and they expect small councils like us to take on services, we have chosen to take several on including our toilets and the Guildhall because they haven't got the budget, and I can quite confidently say we haven't got the budget either."

This after the Duchy and Devon's Police and Crime Commissioner pledged to support systems. Tong Hogg said: "CCTV can be an effective tool in helping all sections of the community, including local businesses, to make where they live and work safer and more secure.

"All public sector organisations currently face financial challenges at the same time as trying to provide high quality services and keep people safe. I am committed to neighbourhood policing and to keeping police numbers above 3,000 but the public purse is not infinite. The funding of CCTV is a significant challenge and I am happy to support any community who can be bold, be innovative and work together to find a solution.

"I want to get the public and private businesses more involved in helping to boost resilience and to stop crime occurring. We all have important roles to play in protecting our communities






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