Chichester CCTV is cut down to save money for council

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THE number of CCTV surveillance cameras in Chichester will be reduced in a money-saving move.

Chichester District Council has decided to remove 16 cameras to save around £17,000 a year – but has assured residents the service will not be adversely affected.

It comes as councillors also voted to retain the CCTV control room at the council following a review.

Councillor John Connor, in charge of environment at the council, said: ‘The review of the CCTV service looked at a number of options, from leaving the service as it is, to adjusting it slightly, to closing the control room. Every local authority is looking at every service that it operates.

‘We feel that this is the best option to continue operating our CCTV system at a level to keep the district as a safe place to live, work and visit, while saving the council money. Sussex Police have also said that 16 cameras could be removed without adversely affecting the service.’

A small rise in parking charges will help cover the cost of operating the service.