£88,000 proposal to upgrade CCTV network in Keynsham

Published on: 02 Mar 2018

New CCTV is proposed for Keynsham as part of an £88,000 investment in the town’s network of cameras.

The plan by Bath and North East Somerset Council would see the system updated and improved to make it more reliable and to give better coverage of the town.

New cameras would be installed at Hicks Gate roundabout and at the railway bridge near Keynsham Station, while CCTV in the Memorial Park and all existing cameras in public spaces would be upgraded to join the wireless network.

The proposal is currently being considered by Councillor Charles Gerrish, cabinet member for finance and efficiency, and Councillor Mark Shelford, cabinet member for transport and environment. Money for the scheme will come from the section 106 funding agreement struck with the developers at the Somerdale site.

If the plan gets the go-ahead, the existing microwave link will be replaced with a more reliable wireless network and the microwave mast at Sulis Meadows in Bath will be removed.

Councillor Gerrish said: “I have been asked to consider this investment which would enhance the CCTV in the town centre where there has been a significant increase in anti-social behaviour and growing public concern about it. The scheme would also provide more flexibility and is more reliable.”

B&NES Council currently has 12 high-resolution, colour cameras in Keynsham, which are all linked to a 24-hour central control room in Bath.

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