ANTI-social beaviour and the use of CCTV cameras is causing a headache for officials in Crowle.
Members of Crowle Town Council appear split over the issue of whether to continue paying for the system.
Some members claim the cameras have been invaluable in reducing anti-social behaviour, while others say it is a waste of money, soaking up funds which could be better spent elsewhere.
Coun Ron Stewart unleashed the debate about the future of the cameras at last week’s town council meeting.
He requested that the council put £2,750 into next year’s budget.
“It’s a contingency fund to cover the cost of the Potts Lane CCTV camera, if we find we have to fund it in the future,” he said.
But Coun John Ramsden said to spend any more on CCTV cameras than the council was already spending was stupid.
“We have spent £8,000 on CCTV cameras that we could use elsewhere,” he said.
And Deputy Mayor Coun Paul McCartan said lots of people complained the cameras were useless.
Coun Trevor Barker told the meeting the cameras could all be removed if that was what members wanted.
But Coun Stewart said in one area of Crowle the use of CCTV had caused anti-social behaviour to melt away at Halloween.
“That’s beneficial,” he said. “We haven’t been smart enough in how we’ve used the cameras.
“Look at the trouble at Potts Lane 18 months ago. That is now almost eradicated, and that’s because of the camera.”
It was agreed to set aside the cash as well as obtain statistics on how effective the cameras have been at reducing crime.
The decision comes after police revealed officers received just one call about problems in the Market Place and Potts Lane area.
Humberside Police has said it would still patrol the area as a priority, but if the trend continues officers would be diverted elsewhere.
But the force said it is to step up patrols around St Oswald’s Church after recent reports of egg-throwing, noisy behaviour and littering. Parents of any youths found to be causing a nuisance will be contacted.
To report an incident call police on 101.