An expansion to the CCTV system in Diss has been approved in the hope of reducing anti-social behaviour at one of the town’s main public amenities.
Diss Town Council voted during a full council meeting held last month to contribute the funding for the installation of a new CCTV camera overlooking Rectory Meadow, adding to the initial set of ten cameras currently up and running through Diss town centre.
At the meeting, some councillors determined Rectory Meadow was an area that “should be enjoyed by all”, with the caveat that if the camera proved ineffective, an alternative location would be considered.
This will add to the cameras now in place at Chapel Street, Mere Street, Market Hill, Market Place, Park Road, St Nicholas Street and select car parks in Diss, along with an accompanying free wi-fi network.
The footage is being monitored by a team of volunteers made of representatives from the town council and local businesses.
Paul Macrow, director of CSI Solution Ltd, which helped to deliver and maintain the system, said: “What we have installed in Diss is one of the most high tech systems in the UK, providing high definition quality images and generating its own income.”
The council previously stated it could also be extended further to cover outlying industrial and retail areas in the town.
The CCTV community group is still seeking new members. Anybody interested can contact 01379 643848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org