Newbury CCTVs Reinstated
CCTV cameras have been reinstated in Newbury town centre.
17:55 29 January 2019
Two years after CCTV cameras have been removed following West Berkshire Council’s move to stop funding them, Newbury town centre is having new cameras installed. The scheme was made possible by Newbury Business Improvement District and Kennet Shopping partnership.
Newbury BID chief executive Russell Downing said: “The project had taken longer than hoped and had been very frustrating with a number of delays, but remains a great example of partnership working ultimately to achieve our goal of reinstating the CCTV coverage.”
Kennet Shopping centre manager Mag Williams said: “We are extremely excited in being part of the partnership with the Newbury BID, Newbury Town Council, West Berkshire Council and Thames Valley Police with this very important scheme.
“When the system was first installed back in 1996, we saw a big difference in the way the whole town was communicating and working together, which reduced all types of crime within the town centre, including the night-time economy.”
Newbury Town Council leader Adrian Edwards said: “This is a great example of what can be achieved when the town council, police, the BID, West Berkshire Council and Kennet centre work together in partnership for the benefit of the people of Newbury.”