Town in line for £11,000 CCTV camera upgrade

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Several areas of central Hawick are set to benefit from new public space surveillance cameras worth almost £11,000.

The new CCTV system will be paid for from the council’s Quality of Life Fund as well as a donation from pay-and-display revenue.

The areas covered include High Street, Sandbed, the Howegate, Drumlanrig Square and North Bridge Street.

But Scottish Borders Council warned this week that it will not pick up the tab for installation or maintenance.

Hawick currently have seven CCTV cameras which were installed in 2014 following an insurance claim after a lightning strike and other parts of the existing system are from the original installationwhich is almost 20 years old.

A report to Tuesday night’s Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum stated that the current cameras provide limited coverage and that additional coverage would assist police.

The report adds: “The installation of cameras in these areas will also act as a deterrent whilst providing reassurance to the residents in these areas.”

The majority of the £10,940 cost will be met from Hawick’s Quality of Life budget with has around £5,235 uncommitted funding and will be topped up from the pay-and-display budget which sits at £6,700.

The town’s Scottish Borders Councillors agreed that the project would be welcomed by townsfolk and Hawick and Hermitage ward member George Turnbull added: “This is a great news item. Everyone is keen to see this CCTV upgrade happening. Anything we can do to enhance the town centre is good news.”

Hawick provost and councillor Stuart Marshall added: “This is fantastic. It is long overdue project and there has been a lot of work involved in it. If anyone out there has plans to climb the Horse monument or the new statue now all I can say it you will be watched doing it.”

The work will be carried out in the next few months.