Council vetoes calls for CCTV cash

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Pickering Town Council has again vetoed calls to invest in CCTV cameras.

The authority pulled out of the scheme leaving just Malton and Norton out of the five Ryedale towns involved.

At a recent meeting of Ryedale Cameras in Action, police chief Inspector Andy Everitt had said he ultimately wants to see the other three towns – Pickering, Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside – involved in the camera scheme.

Cllr William Oxley said the police had said they were looking for funding for the scheme from local businesses because they were not providing 
finance. But the traders had never been asked.

“This horse is dead – don’t flog it any more,” he said.

Cllr Tommy Woodward said the town council had previously made democratic decisions not to continue financing the CCTV scheme. He believed it was “ineffective” and that the council had instead invested in flood 
defence work for the town.

The Town Mayor, Cllr Joy Andrews, said: “No residents have questioned me about the cameras. We live in an area of low crime.” She also questioned the effectiveness of the cameras: “Our money could be put to better use.”

Cllr Emma Richardson said the cost to Pickering council would be some £2,000 and she believed the police and other councils supporting CCTV were using “emotive language and scare-mongering”.

l Meanwhile, the council is to explore the possibility of having a part-time caretaker to keep the popular town smart and trim for residents and tourists.

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