Key meeting over CCTV camera plan

Ian and Jeanette McConachie
Ian and Jeanette McConachie

A scheme to introduce CCTV cameras in a crime hit part of Epworth could cost more than £40, 000.

Business leaders have called for extra security cameras to be installed following a spate of vandalism and thefts at a number of shops on the High Street.

The Epworth Bells has been supporting traders’ fight for extra security measures through our ‘Protect Our Town’ campaign.

Axholme Central councillor Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said the authority is looking at numerous options and it is set to cost up to £41, 000 for the cameras.

She said: “People have been asking for these cameras and we are responding to that demand.

“I am sure they will make a difference and help to put an end to the problems shop owners are experiencing.”

Business owners are invited to a meeting with coun Redfern and Isle MP Andrew Percy at Epworth Imperial Hall tomorrow from 6pm.

Traders will be presented with five different options as to where the cameras should be sited.

Coun Redfern added: “I can’t reveal what the options are because they are confidential until we have the meeting.

“But we will be sending out invited to business owners in the town to come along and have their say on the options so we can move the project forward.”

Mr Percy added: “We will be looking at the options as to where they cameras could be sited and how many.

“From there a plan will be taken forward to get them installed.

“I’m very pleased the council has made this money available to do this.

“It’s important business owners and residents tell us what issues they are facing.”

Jeanette McConachie, who runs the Ocean 52 fish and chip shop with husband Ian, said their premises has been attacked by vandals on numerous occasions.

She added: “I think the CCTV cameras will absolutely be a good idea.

“It will act as a deterrent and make people think twice about causing damage or stealing.

“I don’t think its anyone local, I think its people from other areas who are coming in and causing the trouble.

“The cameras may help to put a stop to it.”