Babergh towns to benefit from CCTV system upgrade
A new state-of-the-art CCTV system is now fully operational – helping Sudbury and Hadleigh remain safe towns that people are proud to visit and call home.
Babergh District Council’s Cabinet approved proposals to invest £180,000 in upgrading the district’s CCTV last July, with unanimous approval for this funding to be allocated from Community Infrastructure Levy – funds collected from housing developers when they build new homes – given in December 2020.
Since then, the council has worked closely with Suffolk Police, Hadleigh and Sudbury Town Councils and neighbouring authorities on implementing a fully compliant, improved CCTV system to watch over the district’s two largest towns.
The new state-of-the-art system comprises of 20 high definition cameras in Sudbury and eight in Hadleigh, all of which will be monitored 24/7 by neighbouring authority West Suffolk Council in their existing purpose built CCTV control room.
Although the council does not have a statutory obligation to provide CCTV, it is hoped that the new system will help to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, aid prosecution of those who are engaged in criminal activity and help the police with finding missing people. It will also support the council’s continued commitment to tackling enviro-crime, including littering and fly-tipping.
The new up-to-date system also means that any defects to CCTV equipment can be repaired promptly, thereby minimising any downtime for the cameras.
Sudbury and Hadleigh Town Councils will contribute financially to the ongoing running costs of the system over the next five years – ensuring the towns remain safe and welcoming for both residents and visitors.
Cllr Derek Davis, cabinet member for Communities for Babergh District Council commented:
“It is credit to the hard work of Babergh’s communities team and fellow councillors that the new CCTV system is now fully operational.
“I’d also like to thank the police and town councils for working closely with us on the proposals – paving the way for further partnership work to help us achieve our common vision for communities with bright and healthy futures.
“Of course, CCTV isn’t the only answer to tackling crime, however it is an important tool in deterring criminals and reducing anti-social behaviour, and forms part of our council’s wider effort to keep Babergh’s towns safe, attractive and successful places for people to live and work in.”
Cllr Sue Ayres, Mayor of Sudbury, said:
“We are delighted with the new CCTV system that is being installed in Sudbury to replace the old cameras that have not been working for some time.
“This project has shown how, by working collaboratively and pooling resources, Babergh District Council, Sudbury Town Council and Suffolk Constabulary can achieve a really positive outcome for local residents, businesses and visitors alike.
“We hope that this will help the police focus on reducing anti-social behaviour in the town centre and increase the confidence of our local population, encouraging more shopping and cultural activity in the evenings.”
Cllr Frank Minns, Mayor of Hadleigh commented:
“These new cameras will help Hadleigh to remain a very safe place to live, and give our residents confidence that crime and anti-social behaviour will be deterred and if necessary detected and prosecuted. This is an excellent collaborative project that everyone here will welcome.”
The upgraded CCTV system complements Babergh District Council’s ongoing work to make the district safer, which includes the recent recruitment of additional Anti Social Behaviour officers and the council’s active role in the Western Suffolk Community Safety Partnership.