The Island’s CCTV monitoring service looks set to be partially reinstated in an Isle of Wight Council U-turn, according to Unison.
As previously reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the local authority decided to cut the roles of five staff members two months ago.
They monitored the cameras 24-hours-a-day from a control room at Island Roads’ Newport base.
However, it appears that the council has now partially backtracked after police “raised concerns”.
Mark Chiverton, branch manager at Unison, told Isle of Wight Radio that the council is looking to reinstate – or has already reinstated – one full-time equivalent:
“I think it’s probably two posts with one acting in a cover capacity which is welcome.
“All be it this does very much confirm the concerns that staff had at the time – that removal of the service would prove extremely difficult in terms of work they undertake in connection with the police.
“And also important work that they do which helps some vulnerable members of the community.”
The Isle of Wight Council has confirmed that it is liaising with Hampshire Constabulary and has ‘reached an agreement on a protocol’.
It says it continues to fund the service at an approximate cost of £100,000.
A spokesperson said:
“As we previously stated, police will continue to be supported in reviewing CCTV footage, viewing specific cameras or using the CCTV control room for the purposes of specific operations.
“All the current CCTV cameras will still operate from fixed positions in the original locations.
“We will ensure full use is made of this period to liaise with town and parish councils and determine whether additional resources could be used to positively enhance the service.”
The council says it will monitor and review the revised arrangements over the next six months.