Fakenham Town Council is fighting to save the town’s CCTV system after North Norfolk Council decided to axe £200,000 funding for security cameras in five towns.
A security company has also warned that savings will be outweighed by increased costs of crimes. Jonathan Ratcliffe, of CCTV.co.uk, said: “It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”
On Tuesday, Fakenham councillors agreed to meet Cromer, North Walsham, Sheringham and Wells councils for talks about how to fund the cameras in future.
Town Mayor Adrian Vertigan said: “It’s going to be very difficult and costly. We don’t know how much it will cost to do it on our own or as a consortium. Whichever way, it is going to cost the taxpayers of Fakenham.”
The council has been allowed six weeks to decide whether to show an interest in going it alone or with others, and a further six weeks to come up with a costed plan. “We are concerned about the lack of time,” said Mr Vertigan.
North Norfolk Council leader Tom Fitzpatrick said savings of nearly £2million were needed and the council had a duty to look across the whole district.
“This has been a difficult decision which we didn’t relish being faced with.
“We do want to work with the towns. If they think they can run it themselves, we will make sure we help them take it over,” he said.