Questions raised about new CCTV tendering process

Concerns have been raised about the tendering process for Berwick's proposed new CCTV system.

Thursday, 17th March 2016, 10:30 am
Paul Hodgson, Berwick CCTV

A decision on the successful bidder was deferred by Berwick Town Council’s finance committee last week.

Councillor Paul Hodgson told councillors that he and the clerk had been through the applications and decided on the winner.

“We went through the three expresssion of interest and evaluated them in terms of best value for money, closest to the specification required, references from other work done and financial stability of the company.”

One bid was ruled out due to insufficient information and a points scoring exercise evaluated the others.

However, Councillor Catherine Seymour questioned why the whole council was not involved in the decision-making process.

Councillor Georgina Hill added: “I have growing concerns about the tender process for the CCTV.

“I am not a tender / procurement expert but what I do know is that the whole process needs to be transparent.”

Councillor Hodgson insisted the proper tendering evaluation criteria had been met but a final decision was put back until the full council meeting on Monday night.

Last autumn, it emerged the CCTV system was not working, prompting fears of a rise in crime.

The town council agreed to support the installation of a replacement CCTV system up to a maximum of £15,000.

It is understood financial support has also been offered by the Freemen Trustees and the Licensed Victuallers’ Association.

The contract will involve the installation and maintenance of a new CCTV digital recording and monitoring system. Northumbria Police will continue to monitor the cameras.