Evening Express

£60,000 funding for north-east town’s CCTV welcomed

Councillor Brian Topping at Saltoun Square car park in Fraserburgh

Funding to install new security cameras in a north-east town has been welcomed.

The equipment will be put in place in Fraserburgh thanks to a £60,000 grant approved yesterday.

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Councillors of the Banff and Buchan area committee were asked to approve the funds.

Cameras were first set up in Fraserburgh in 2009 but have since been deemed obsolete and are breaking down and failing.

It is hoped the new cameras will help tackle antisocial behaviour in the town.

The funding has been welcomed by ward councillors.

Banff and Buchan committee chairman Andy Kille said: “I’m delighted to see this funding approved.

“The update to the CCTV system will help continue to ensure the safety of the community and be of invaluable assistance to the police.

“My thanks go to the committed volunteers who have worked so hard.”

New dome-style cameras would be installed at five new locations at Hanover Street, Charlotte Street, Deejays Nightclub, the corner of Mid Street and Cross Street and the junction at Broad Street and Mid Street.

The Fraserburgh Community CCTV Working Group will pay for and maintain the equipment.

However, despite receiving the funding, the organisation will still need to fundraise to make the project a reality.

Chairman of the group Councillor Brian Topping said: “I declared an interest as chairman and stepped out of the room but I am delighted that the funding was approved.

“A lot of hard work has gone into getting us to this point and a lot of work is still to go.

“We have between £8,000 and £10,000 still left to fundraise.

“If we can get the money I am hoping we could possibly get the cameras installed by Christmas for the darker evenings and people are out late enjoying themselves.

“The new dome cameras will cover a larger area than previous equipment.

“I would like to thank my area committee colleagues for approving the funding.”