Hounslow Council Cabinet has unanimously approved the creation of a new Community Safety and Enforcement Service for the borough.
Published: Thursday, 22nd November 2018
The creation of the CCTV hub is a core requirement for the implementation of the borough’s Community Enforcement and CCTV Action Plan, approved by Cabinet in July 2017.
The new control hub will bring together trading and food standards; housing estate wardens and police officers; neighbourhood enforcement; parks patrol; in-house police teams; private sector housing; community safety and CCTV controls and operation, comprising 108 posts in all.
Bringing the services currently located at four locations under one roof will require a total investment of £4.68m of which £2.55m will come from the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) and £2.125m from the general fund.
The new CCTV command and control hub will support the Housing, Community Safety and Traffic Enforcement services with upgraded CCTV network and systems to more effectively serve the three service areas. The service will operate 7 days a week and offer extended services from early mornings until late at night to reflect the needs of the communities and demands on the services.
The integrated borough-wide CCTV service should deliver many benefits to the council and residents including; reduced maintenance and operating costs as well as being more effective at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and monitoring of fly-tipping. The service will offer a better capacity to manage traffic incidents and enforcement of traffic orders and legislation and be an effective way of monitoring public disorder and identifying hotspot areas, leading to better community safety.
Councillor Katherine Dunne, Lead Member for communities at Hounslow Council said:
“The co-location of services at the new CCTV command and control hub offers us great efficiencies and an opportunity to upgrade our CCTV network and systems to better serve the needs of our communities.
“At a time when public sector finances are increasingly tight, it is crucial that we adopt measures wherever possible to reduce pressure on services and harness technology to help us work more efficiently.
“The new CCTV hub will signal the adoption of a more data driven approach, enabling us to better identify and target issues, trends and hotspots and ultimately give us a greater capacity to clamp down on lawlessness. Communities should feel reassured with the extended cover and higher visibility of the service.”