Council fears over changes 
to CCTV system

One of Horncastle's CCTV cameras in the Bull Ring
One of Horncastle's CCTV cameras in the Bull Ring

Town councillors in Horncastle have admitted a planned new CCTV system might not work - because of poor broadband speeds.

Horncastle is one of seven towns across the area concerned about controversial changes to the current CCTV system.

The system is seen as a vital component in the fight against crime and is administered by East Lindsey District Council.

However, ELDC plans a series of controversial changes in a bid to save money.

The new cameras would rely on a wireless system and there are fears they might not even work in the town.

Councillors met last week to discuss the changes and newly appointed Mayor Angel Burchill questioned whether the new cameras would be suitable.

She said: “Do we even know whether these cameras would work? Has anyone even checked?”

Councillors were told the seven towns were planning a joint meeting to discuss the changes.

The towns are Horncastle, Louth, Skegness, Alford, Mablethorpe , Chapel St Leonards and Ingoldmells.

Under current arrangements, each town relies on cameras monitored from a control room in Skegness.

ELDC wants to axe the Skegness centre and transfer the operation to a control room at Boston.

However, the seven towns are opposed to several aspects of the proposals including an increase in the number of cameras that would be watched by fewer staff.

Horncastle councillors are also worried their cameras will be classed as low priority because of a lower crime rate.