Work is well underway to install a brand new state-of-the-art CCTV system in Salisbury, with some cameras now live.
The system is funded by Wiltshire Council and is part of the package of assets which was formally transferred to Salisbury City Council in April this year.
The system is being installed by contractors Openview, and will be operated by Citywatch paid staff and volunteers from the offices at Bourne Hill. Citywatch are fully co-operating with Wiltshire Police under an agreed protocol to allow access to footage where appropriate.
At the same time, work has begun on Amesbury and Wilton’s systems, which will also be run by their respective town councils.
Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public protection, said: “I am delighted work is well underway on the new CCTV system. This process has taken longer than any of us had wanted, however the hard work with our partners is now paying off, and the people of Salisbury can be reassured their city is being overseen by a state-of-the-art modern system.
“We’ll continue to work with partners throughout this installation process and make sure they and the public are fully updated on its progress.”
Mike Withers, chair of Citywatch said: “The Salisbury Partnership established by Salisbury BID and Salisbury City Council is now successfully operating as Citywatch and is delighted that the city CCTV system is operational again. We are pleased that Wiltshire Council are able to deliver a state of the art system, enabling us to punch above our weight in terms of security and crime prevention. It demonstrates the importance of Salisbury as a successful Purple Flag accredited city”.
The council has worked with Wiltshire Police, Salisbury City Council, Salisbury BID, Citywatch, Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, Wilton Town Council and Amesbury Town Council on this project.
Work will be completed later this year.