State-of-the art CCTV allowing the police to follow live incidents via smart phone is to be installed in Colne.
Colne Town Council has agreed to spend £70,000 on the brand new equipment to replace Pendle Council’s 15-year-old monitoring system which is scheduled to be switched off later this year.
The system, provided by winning tender Grantfen, features innovations such as ability to view footage on tablets and phones, cameras that can adjust for different lighting conditions and clever software that can track individuals or vehicles.
Councillors asked to police to prioritise the areas to site the new CCTV and have said this is not going to be a one off investment, but a system with potential for growth.
The new CCTV system will also allow 360 degree coverage from a given position at all times and a number of tenders were considered before the town-wide scheme was given the green light.
Chairman of Colne Town Council, Coun. Sarah Cockburn-Price, said: “We consulted the local police for advice on what kind of system would be best for them.
“They were unequivocal that the system should be available to them and monitored in Colne.
“Even though we scrutinised the various solutions that resulted from the tender process we still didn’t know whether most councillors would want to install a system covering the whole town centre, a partial system that could be extended in the future, or indeed, no system at all.
“At our Full Council, most councillors opted for the full, town-wide system.
“At almost £70,000, this is, by quite some way, the biggest investment the town council has ever made.”
There will be two monitoring stations - one in the Town Hall and one in Colne’s Police Station.
Coun. Joe Cooney, Chairman of the Finance and Employment Committee, said: “I am immensely enthusiastic about this new CCTV for Colne.
“We are a happy, vibrant town with a burgeoning night-time economy. It is important people feel safe and secure when they come to Colne.
“I shall shortly be launching a volunteer recruitment scheme, so the cameras’ output can be monitored on the busiest nights of the week.
“The rest of the time, we will be recording and archiving, but unlike the old system, we will have images from every direction on each pole.”
Insp. Paul Goodall said: “We welcome this development and I am glad my officers were involved in creating a system spec.
“Being able to tap into an incident live at the station, or via tablet or phone footage, should be a game-changer for us.”