Penzance withdraws £10,000 CCTV funding

Operator monitored CCTV coverage in a west Cornwall town will be cut by a third after the town council decided to withdraw funding.

Penzance Town Council decided it can no longer afford the £10,000 a year.

Currently operators are employed for 33 hours a week which will have to be reduced to 24, after the cuts.

The cameras will stay on but they will be static. Operators will not be moving them around and alerting the police at peak times.

Mr Dixon said: "I'm not totally opposed to CCTV and would be most willing to allow the town council to go to public consultation over this, then we would be able to find out if anyone else would be willing to help fund this rather expensive operation."

Penzance Chamber of Commerce chairman, Dick Cliffe said: "Businesses in the town centre are already under particular stress at the moment.

"You are talking about £10,000 to make this town centre a place where people feel comfortable during the day and in the evening."

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