A proposal to install CCTV in Epworth has moved a step closer after project leaders agreed to site three cameras in the town centre.
They are set to be positioned to give coverage of shops and amenities in the High Street and Market Place areas.
The scheme was finalised following a public meeting between Isle MP Andrew Percy, North Lincolnshire Council leader Liz Redfern and traders in the town earlier this month.
The Epworth Bells has been supporting traders’ fight for extra security measures through our ‘Protect Our Town’ campaign.
Coun Redfern said they are now seeking permission to site transmitters on St Andrew’s Church and the water tower to allow police to monitor the screens from their base in Scunthorpe.
She told the Bells: “The scheme is currently dependant on the support of Yorkshire Water and St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council and North Lincolnshire Council will be holding meetings with these groups over the coming weeks.”
“This is what traders have been asking for and we believe it will be effective in reducing incidents of crime.”
The scheme will cost around £31,000 to complete.
Traders have been calling for extra security measures following a spate of vandalism attacks in the town centre in recent months.
Paul McConachie, of Epworth’s Ocean 52 fish and chip shop, said: “I would think all of the traders will welcome this move.
“Anything to try and stop vandalism and thefts can only be a good thing. Businesses have suffered with this in the past.
Andrew Percy MP said: “It is important we listen to concerned residents and North Lincolnshire Council have now come up with a scheme which will aim to tackle the potential problem areas.
“Our meetings with businesses have been constructive and it is fantastic news that the council will make this funding available to deliver on this scheme.”
Coun David Robinson added: “We have worked hard with the businesses to deliver on their concerns. The cameras may help to put a stop to it.”