New CCTV system for Horncastle

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Horncastle is one of seven towns in East Lindsey that will have an improved CCTV system from the middle of next year, thanks to a partnership between East Lindsey and Boston Borough Councils.

East Lindsey District Council will join North Kesteven and South Holland District Councils to share a single state-of-the-art CCTV control room in Boston.

Based at Boston Borough Council’s Offices, the control room has some of the very best technology available to monitor and record information from the cameras in Horncastle Alford, Chapel St Leonards, Ingoldmells, Louth, Mablethorpe and Skegness.

ELDC is investing £425,000 to upgrade the 97 CCTV cameras on its network to high definition and also installing a wireless infrastructure to submit images.

The council will continue to pay for the CCTV monitoring network in its district and make a contribution towards the control room operating costs.

Relevant town and parish councils will maintain the upgraded cameras in their area, as they do now.

As well as improving the existing CCTV monitoring systems, the shared arrangement will save East Lindsey over £160,000 per year.

Portfolio Holder for Partnership and Community Safety, Coun Graham Marsh, said: “East Lindsey and Boston Councils already work closely on community safety and this is an extension of our existing arrangement so makes total sense.”

Town councillors in Horncastle had expressed concern about the new system, including whether wireless cameras would work.

However, it appears councillors have no alternative but to sign up.