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£180,000 upgrades to CCTV network in Sudbury and Hadleigh given green light

A £180,000 upgrade of CCTV cameras in Sudbury and Hadleigh has been given the go-ahead this week.

The current network of cameras in the two towns – 17 in Sudbury and seven in Hadleigh – were installed in 2000 and are now desperately outdated.

On Monday, Babergh District Council’s cabinet agreed to pump £180,000 into overhauling the system, beginning with a £43,000 short-term upgrade to the cameras, which will be completed within a few months.

Stock image of a CCTV camera. (38138644)
Stock image of a CCTV camera. (38138644)

The remaining £137,000 will be invested over the next 18 months to establish a modern wireless CCTV network, which will link up with a control centre in neighbouring west Suffolk.

According to the council, the new system will mean new cameras can be added more easily in the future, temporary cameras can be deployed and hooked up to the network where necessary, faults can be fixed wirelessly and cable costs can be reduced.

Derek Davis, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “This project demonstrates Babergh District Council’s continued commitment to investing heavily in Sudbury and Hadleigh as part of our vision to regenerate the two towns and support their economic recovery.

“The decision made today provides peace of mind to those residents that we are doing all we can to keep their towns safer.”

Cllr Davis said that it would be a key feature in reducing anti-social behaviour and crime and, in turn, would help both towns’ economies and tourism.

The authority has been working alongside Suffolk Constabulary and both Sudbury and Hadleigh town councils on the proposals, which include financial contributions from the two town councils towards the annual running costs of the CCTV network.

Michael Holt said the move was “long overdue” and would help reassure people in both towns.

It is understood the work will likely be financed in part by community infrastructure levy (CIL) funds – money paid by developers to offset the impact of large-scale housing schemes.

The west Suffolk control room has a 24/7 operation to monitor CCTV, according to the council.

The authority does not have a statutory requirement to provide CCTV, but a spokeswoman said it believes having the coverage helps serve as a deterrent to reduce crime and disorder, as well as helping police officers in their searches for missing people.

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