CCTV at the Isle of Wight’s control room in Newport will no longer be monitored from tomorrow (Friday).

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the Isle of Wight Council has renegotiated its highways PFI contract with Island Roads in a bid to save £40 million.

As a result, five jobs have been axed at Island Roads’ Newport HQ.

A council spokesperson told Isle of Wight Radio that although the cameras will continue to roll, no one will be there to monitor them from tomorrow:

“100 CCTV Cameras will continue to operate in the same locations and the CCTV footage will still be available to the police on request for evidence purposes.

“Discussions are on-going with police to agree a revised protocol.”

More than 700 people have so far signed a petition urging the council to make a U-turn. It reads:

“Members of the public need to feel safe and have the reassurance of the cameras.  We have also heard increasing reports of Antisocial Behaviour.

“Without the help of these cameras focusing the cameras the crimes committed may have to be dropped due no evidence.”

“We as the undersigned implore the Council to reverse the decision and keep this service.”