Denbighshire council told to cut CCTV budget by a third
Denbighshire council needs to cut its CCTV budget by a third while making it more efficient, councillors were told.
A report discussed on Thursday said the county's CCTV/out of hours calls team must cut spending from £341,000 to £228,000 per year by 2014/15.
Proposals - which have not been made public - were being discussed by councillors on Thursday.
Plans to establish one CCTV control room for north Wales were recently abandoned after a feasibility study.
A review of CCTV in north Wales, led by Conwy council, was commissioned in 2009 and was funded by a Welsh government loan of £805,000.
The study explored establishing one regional monitoring operation for CCTV across north Wales, to replace the existing six stand-alone operations.
A report being considered by Denbighshire's Performance Scrutiny Committee said: "Members will be aware that a long-running feasibility project for a single CCTV control room for north Wales was only recently concluded.
"The findings being that it was not a project the region wanted to pursue."
The council is considering how to make its CCTV/out of hours call team more efficient, which "must be done against the backdrop of the council's medium-term financial plan".
Some £50,000 has already been saved, said the council, leaving £63,000 to be cut from the budget within 18 months.
The report said that "a number of the proposed options will require extensive consultation prior to implementation".