Fenland Council reaps double bonus of saved costs and improved images as its 71 CCTV cameras now run from new control centre in Peterborough

PUBLISHED: 16:05 14 February 2020 | UPDATED: 16:06 14 February 2020

New CCTV control room covering Fenland and Peterborough has opened. From left, Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, Councillor Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for communities, Councillor Susan Wallwork, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities and Councillor Chris Boden, Leader of Fenland District Council.

New CCTV control room covering Fenland and Peterborough has opened. From left, Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, Councillor Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for communities, Councillor Susan Wallwork, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities and Councillor Chris Boden, Leader of Fenland District Council.

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Fenland Council says upgrading all 71 CCTV cameras – and moving to a new shared control unit in Peterborough – is saving money and improving the quality of images.

New CCTV control room covering Fenland and Peterborough has opened. Picture; FDCNew CCTV control room covering Fenland and Peterborough has opened. Picture; FDC

"The new cameras have provided the shared service control room with much improved images for the Fenland cameras," says a report to next week's council meeting.

The report says it has "also improved night-time visibility in general from our CCTV network".

The Fens CCTV control room in Wisbech closed at the start of the year when it moved to the city.

"The shared service delivers a circa £55,000 saving with a commitment to drive new income streams via a more commercial approach to CCTV delivery - this will be a focus during 2020/21" says the report.

New CCTV control room covering Fenland and Peterborough has opened. Picture; FDC New CCTV control room covering Fenland and Peterborough has opened. Picture; FDC

Last Thursday the new centre was officially opened by council leaders from Fenland and Peterborough.

The new control room consists of a fully digital video wall made up of 12 large LED screens, with three dedicated operator workstations consisting of a further nine screens.

It provides a dedicated workspace for a police CCTV liaison officer, who works alongside the CCTV team completing retrospective media reviews and evidence provision.

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