Towns denied CCTV funds

FIVE towns in Suffolk have been refused money for the installation of CCTV cameras, it has been announced. A bid for £130,000 for cameras in Aldeburgh, Framlingham, Leiston and Saxmundham has been rejected and a bid for £45,000 for five cameras in Woodbridge was also turned down by the Home Office.

FIVE towns in Suffolk have been refused money for the installation of CCTV cameras, it has been announced. A bid for £130,000 for cameras in Aldeburgh, Framlingham, Leiston and Saxmundham has been rejected and a bid for £45,000 for five cameras in Woodbridge was also turned down by the Home Office.

The bids were submitted with the support of Suffolk Coastal District Council and now alternative funding will have to be found or the towns will not have cameras.

A partnership was formed on behalf of the four towns north of Woodbridge who wanted 14 mobile cameras to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

Terry Hodgson, chairman of the partnership, said: “That's disappointing. We've got other avenues we can follow but we were quite hopeful of the Home Office one.”

He said they would next try to get lottery funding and if that failed then an attempt would be made to raise money from businesses.

John Rayner, Leiston Town Council clerk, said: “I'm sure that the councillors will be disappointed that this bid has been unsuccessful because we've been supporting it.

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“But I don't think it's the end of it, just a setback.”

Chris Lucas, the new police inspector for the Leiston sector, which covers the four towns, had backed the project.

A spokesperson for the Government Office for the East of England said: “The funding offered through the Home Office's Regional Community Safety Fund is for the whole of the East of England.

''Therefore, we have to carefully prioritise bids for funding to ensure that the money has the most effective impact.

“This financial year we have offered the Suffolk Community Safety Partners £150,000 for projects intended to build community cohesion, tackle anti-social behaviour and provide increased CCTV coverage in certain areas.”