CCTV grant a Rural Gain for Post Office

David Ward with the CCTV that helps the police and his business
David Ward with the CCTV that helps the police and his business

Since receiving a £400 county council grant towards a CCTV camera, David Ward of East Barkwith Post Office, reports many benefits.

It’s not just his insurance premiums going down, but every 6-8 weeks, police ask to see his footage in the fight against crime.

David explained: “The footage has been used in many cases and recently the police looked at our footage to place a Lincoln murderer who drove past our shop in his car.”

The money for the cameras was one of many Rural Gain Grants awarded by Lincolnshire County Council every year.

The county council has just issued an appeal for more applicants, who must submit their entries by November 28.

Aimed at rural businesses in settlements with fewer than 5,000 residents, Rural Gain Grants of up to £10,000 are available, paying up to half the costs of a project.

Overall, some 26 county businesses have shared more than £125,000 of funding in recent years. Priority is given to projects in the most inaccessible communities.

David says it is essential rural businesses apply for such support.

He stresses they have helped with the viability of his business.

He adds the Post Office recently paid all the costs of new signage and a repainted shopfront.