Wilmslow Town Council has agreed to continue funding the CCTV in Wilmslow town centre, with a new 3-year contract starting 1st April 2024.
The operation of Wilmslow's town centre CCTV has been funded by the Town Council since 2014, with the purpose of preventing and detecting crime and disorder.
Wilmslow Town Council's current 3-year arrangement with Cheshire East Council comes to an end in March 2024. The new contract will cost £18,766 per year which covers all fees involved in operating the CCTV system, such as general administration, monitoring, and technical and support functions.
Wilmslow town centre's CCTV cameras are continuously recording, with footage sent to Cheshire East Council's control room in Macclesfield where staff detect and monitor situations as they develop, escalating incidents to Wilmslow Police where necessary. The recorded data is retained and processed by Cheshire East Council, who provide Wilmslow Town Council with quarterly reports regarding activations and incidents.
Wilmslow Town Council Chair, Councillor Jon Newell, said, "Wilmslow town centre's CCTV coverage is of utmost importance because it helps the police tackle and prevent crime and antisocial behaviour. This helps to make those visiting and working in the town centre feel at ease and supports the business community.
"We thank Cheshire East Council for working with us to make Wilmslow town centre a safer place to be."