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New CCTV, managed by the BID, for Newbury town centre thanks to funding from Thames Valley Police and Newbury Town Council



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A new CCTV system has been installed in Newbury.

The wifi-based system was arranged by Newbury Business Improvement District (BID) thanks to funding from “key town centre stakeholders”.

The system is largely funded by Thames Valley Police, with additional money from Newbury Town Council, which will pay for the ongoing operating costs and management of the system until 2025.

Thumbs up! A new CCTV system has been installed in Newbury thanks to a collaboration between Thames Valley Police, Newbury Town Council and the Newbury BID
Thumbs up! A new CCTV system has been installed in Newbury thanks to a collaboration between Thames Valley Police, Newbury Town Council and the Newbury BID

Newbury BID first became responsible for the town centre CCTV in 2017, on condition that it was cost neutral for the not-for-profit organisation and its levy payers.

By 2020, when Alison Drummond joined as operations manager, it was clear, the BID said, that “the system was not fit for purpose”, with the CCTV - inherited from West Berkshire Council and operated via an old BT analogue system - "consistently failing and incurring high running costs that were unsustainable long-term".

After a long procurement process – and with the help of Kennet Shopping centre manager, Richard Farley, and Thames Valley Police experts – the BID has now secured “the most comprehensive and suitable system and cameras on the market with a reputable supplier”.

A spokesperson for the BID said: “The recently installed system not only provides future savings for the public purse but ensures the ongoing safety of the town centre for residents, businesses, and visitors.

“The CCTV is largely funded by Thames Valley Police with additional funding from Newbury Town Council.

“Newbury BID continues to provide resource and management time free of charge on behalf of the town centre’s businesses, playing their part in ensuring CCTV coverage is in place to help maintain the security of business premises, reduce crime, and promote a safe environment.”

Thumbs up! A new CCTV system has been installed in Newbury thanks to a collaboration between Thames Valley Police, Newbury Town Council and the Newbury BID
Thumbs up! A new CCTV system has been installed in Newbury thanks to a collaboration between Thames Valley Police, Newbury Town Council and the Newbury BID

The new supplier is Thatcham-based Scion, which already provides CCTV support to Greenham Business Park, Reading Football Club, Newbury Town Council and Newbury Academy Trust schools.

Mrs Drummond said: “We are delighted to have secured a new fit for purpose CCTV system for Newbury town centre.

“While we are more than happy to take on the responsibility of the CCTV out of good will for the benefit of the town and our levy-payers, if we are unsuccessful in our upcoming BID Ballot, our responsibility and management for the town centre CCTV will end on 31st May, alongside all Visit Newbury marketing and free events for Newbury.”

Last week, ballot papers were sent to more than 500 levy-paying businesses in Newbury town centre, giving them the opportunity to decide whether to collectively fund the BID’s work as an independent, not-for-profit community interest company for a further five years.

This will be the BID’s third ballot after yes votes in 2011 and 2016. The results are due to be announced on February 25.



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