CCTV repairs to be completed as soon as possible
CCTV cameras in Berwick town centre should be back to full working order by the end of next month.
The £15,000 project, led by Berwick Town Council, will bring several town centre cameras back into use for the first time in several years.
AGS Safety and Security, which has won the contract for the repair work, expects to start the project in early May and anticipates it will take around 10 days.
The firm has recently installed more than 500 CCTV cameras at the Metrocentre in Gateshead and maintains the CCTV cameras at Eldon Square in Newcastle. It has installed systems in numerous small towns. It was also responsible for looking after former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Sedgefield home and Princess Eugenie when she was at Newcastle University.
Before Christmas, it carried out a quick-fix on a camera overlooking Golden Square to provide Northumbria Police with valuable back-up over the busy festive period.
Boss Tony Stephenson said: “We’re not actually doing a complete new install. We’re going to take the old cameras down, put IP cameras in their place and we’re going to convert from fibre to copper using the existing infrastructure of the cable.
“The current system has not been maintained, I’m led to believe, for about five years. It is not working at the moment but it should only take two of my team 10 days to correct it.”
He said that, once working again, he was satisfied with the level of coverage the town would have.
“I think you could get 10 years out of them,” he added. “The only issue could be the environmental problems of being so close to the coast here.”
“We’ve tested every single fibre and we did not find any problems. The only problem we’ve come across was before Christmas with the electric supply, possibly to do with the Christmas lights, when water was getting into the circuit and it was tripping out.”
It is hoped the restored cameras will act as a deterrent to would-be criminals and troublemakers, as well as help police to gather evidence.
Mayor Hazel Bettison said: “I am sure it will be a big relief to the Licensed Victuallers’ Association (LVA) and the rest of the town.”
Coun Karin Graham added: “I am delighted. This town needs CCTV and I am pleased to hear there won’t be any more time wasted.”
The cameras will continue to be monitored at Berwick police station.