NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Jul 18th, 2012.
Wrexham Council is looking at alternative ways to keep the town’s CCTV system within the county borough.
The news comes after North Wales Police executives were handed a controversial report, which recommended putting all of North Wales’ CCTV systems in one location in Conwy or Colwyn Bay.
However, the report was met with a huge backlash from local traders, Wrexham’s Crime Link co-ordinator and local inspectors who say that local knowledge is key to keeping Wrexham safe.
Now councillors have said that they are looking at alternative ways of keeping the CCTV system within the town.
Speaking at a Wrexham Town Centre Forum meeting Cllr Hugh Jones said: “Officers have been guided towards working on a CCTV system that is based in Wrexham and we have no plans to move it out of Wrexham.”
“We are currently exploring alternatives but are not ruling out collaborations with other North Wales authorities who have been impressed with the work being done by Wrexham.”
Leader of Wrexham Council Neil Rogers said: “I met with the chief executive and Chief Inspector Alex Goss and the key point we made was that we’d lose local knowledge if the proposals go through.
“We’ve made it clear that we want a system based around Wrexham. It’s what best suits Wrexham that we’ll sign up to and if other authorities want a partnership we will listen.”