CCTV removal will be ‘unpopular ’ - Newry BID

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

CCTV removal will be ‘unpopular ’ - Newry BID thumbnailCCTV is set to be removed from a number of locations including Newry City Centre, Kilkeel and Warrenpoint.

NEWRY, Mourne and Down District Council's decision to remove CCTV from Newry City Centre will be an "unpopular move".

That's according to the group which represents businesses in the city centre who say they have not been consulted on the matter.

Newry BID's manager, Eamonn Connolly, says that his organisation will be working to find a solution to the loss of CCTV within the city.

Newry isn't the only location which will lose it's town-centre CCTV. Kilkeel and Warrenpoint will also be affected, as will Ballynahinch, Downpatrick and Newcastle.

The council claim that they have taken the decision following a reduction in the level of crime in the area, "based on reported crime in all categories, and as the equipment used has reached the end of its useful life".

A statement from the local authority says that their 10-year-old equipment has experienced a high number of faults, resulting at long periods where the CCTV has been out of action.

The council adds that the cost of replacing the equipment and technology would also be high.

There are also concerns with the effectiveness of the cameras as there is no evidence currently available which can measure whether CCTV footage is contributing to criminal prosecutions.

In a statement, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council added: "Other reasons such as the difficulty in standardising CCTV monitoring and surveillance across the district, as well as budgetary constraints and the desire to provide ratepayers with maximum value for money; have prompted the decision to cease town-centre CCTV.

"The imminent introduction of new and stricter data protection legislation will also likely increase both the financial and administrative burden of operating CCTV, as well as restricting its future use.

"Although a CCTV monitoring and surveillance service will continue to be provided next year, during the course of 2018-19 the Council will remove faulty CCTV cameras from the six town-centres and completely withdraw the entire town-centre CCTV service by the 31 March 2019.

"The Council remains committed to maintaining and enhancing public safety through its effective partnership working with the PSNI, the local Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), as well as its own Community Safety Wardens." Mr Connolly expressed his surprise at the fact that Newry BID was not consulted.

He said: "The BID were not advised about this development. We know from representing local businesses on the issue that it will be an unpopular move.

"The BID remain committed to engage with other stakeholders to try and find solutions to mitigate the impact of the CCTV removal."

The Council is inviting views from members of the public and other interested parties on its decision to withdraw town-centre CCTV.

Further information, including the consultation document can be downloaded from the News Section within the Council's website, by emailing:, by telephoning 0300 200 7830 or in writing at the Council's Downpatrick Offices.

Closing date for completed questionnaires or comments is Friday, June 1, 2018, at 5pm.

Copies of the consultation documentation are also available in alternative formats upon request.


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