Fakenham’s town centre CCTV system looks set to be saved, though ten out of 16 cameras are likely to be switched off.
Fakenham Town Council is in the final stages of negotiating a deal to take over the cameras after North Norfolk District Council announced it was to scrap them to save money.
Adrian Vertigan, Fakenham mayor, said: “I feel it’s a way of keeping the town safe and of people feeling safe.
“We want retailers to come into the town and we want people to feel safe in the evenings. If the cameras are there it gives an added security.
“It is also about helping the police to have what they need to gather evidence and get convictions.”
Under the proposed deal, ten out-of-town cameras will be switched off, but six in the town centre will be operated and maintained by Secure Defence UK. They will mostly be set to record and not be live monitored.
There will be an £8,000 a year ongoing cost that Mr Vetigan said is likely to have to be met, at least in part, through the town council’s element of the council tax.
Fakenham Town Council linked up with Sheringham and North Walsham to negotiate a deal for each of them to take over their own cameras. Each now needs to give final approval to the plan.