West Lancashire Borough Council has made money available to provide additional CCTV cameras in Skelmersdale and Ormskirk and is inviting people to give their views on the suggested locations.
The new cameras will bring the total number operated by the Council in West Lancashire to 105.
Council cameras are monitored 24/7 and play a vital role in helping prevent crime and disorder and increase public safety. During 2013/14 CCTV operators referred 384 incidents to the Police and as a result 187 arrests were made.
David Tilleray, Assistant Director Community Services for West Lancashire Borough Council and Chairman of the Community Safety Partnership, said: “Crime is low in West Lancashire and CCTV camera help to keep it that way. Community safety is one of the Council’s top priorities and for many years we have successfully operated CCTV cameras to help deter criminals and ensure that people feel safe.
“We have expanded the CCTV system over the years to help meet the needs of the community and now we have allocated funding for a further three cameras. We are keen to hear the views of local people and community groups about these cameras and I urge people to take the time to look at the proposals and tell us what you think.”
The table below lists the suggested locations and shows why cameras have been suggested for these areas.
|Suggested locations||Suggested by||Justification|
|Outside Primary School, looking towards general store||Local councillor||Anti-Social Behaviour|
|Near lighting column looking towards the underpass, general store and Clay Brow Road||Lancashire Constabulary||Anti-Social Behaviour|
|Burscough Street, Ormskirk|
|Corner of Burscough Street and Station Road||Residents' group||Anti-Social Behaviour and criminal damage|
The public consultation begins on Monday 11 May and the deadline for comments is Monday 1 June 2015.
How to give your views
One of the issues the Council must have due regard to is privacy. The software that is used allows for parts of the CCTV image to be completely blanked out. There are several existing cameras where privacy settings are installed to completely blank out windows or whole houses so that residents' privacy is ensured. If you have any comments about privacy in relation to the suggested locations please contact us, as set out above.
The Council will consider comments and suggestions before making final decisions about the locations for the cameras.
The Council must have regard to the Surveillance Camera Code Of Practice (external link) issued by the Home Office. This aims to ensure that cameras are necessary, appropriately located, do not affect people’s privacy and are operated appropriately.