Newport Council wins Blaenau Gwent CCTV contract

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CCTV footage from Blaenau Gwent is now being monitored in Newport, after the city council bid for the contract earlier this year.

As of this month, Newport City Council are monitoring CCTV and handling out-of-hour calls for the neighbouring authority.

Blaenau Gwent Borough Council asked for expressions of interest in running their service earlier this year and it was Newport council who made the successful bid.

Cameras in Blaenau Gwent town centres will be monitored from the CCTV suite in Newport and operators will also take emergency out-of-hours calls made to Blaenau Gwent council. Two members of staff have transferred from Blaenau Gwent council to boost the city’s CCTV team.

Councillor Bob Poole, Newport City Council’s cabinet member for licensing and regulatory services, said: “I am pleased that we are able to work in partnership with our colleagues in Blaenau Gwent to help keep Ebbw Vale’s residents, businesses and visitors safe and I’m proud of the quality of our staff and service that helped to secure this contract.”

The transfer of CCTV services to Newport Council is aiming to save Blaenau Gwent Council £300,000 per year. Blaenau Gwent’s budget for CCTV for 2013/14 was approximately £457,000.

In the wake of cuts Blaenau Gwent Council announced they were to make £20m of savings, £10m of which were to be made in the next financial year.

This year’s budget included a 4.6 per cent rise in council tax, the biggest hike of all the Gwent councils. Changes to the CCTV operation were part of phase one of the £10m cuts.

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8:39pm Tue 17 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

Why does it seem that it's the people who have the least who have to pay the most?
20 million pounds of cuts in an area which has suffered so many harsh realities of unemployment and community breakdown.
Bend over Blanaeu Gwent. You're about to play a game called Mummies and Daddies.....and you're the Mummy.
The WAG is the Daddy. Brace yourself. It's going to hurt.
And we are all in the queue just behind you. Powys forgot the Vaseline. 😳
Why does it seem that it's the people who have the least who have to pay the most? 20 million pounds of cuts in an area which has suffered so many harsh realities of unemployment and community breakdown. Bend over Blanaeu Gwent. You're about to play a game called Mummies and Daddies.....and you're the Mummy. The WAG is the Daddy. Brace yourself. It's going to hurt. And we are all in the queue just behind you. Powys forgot the Vaseline. 😳 landyman3030
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8:44pm Tue 17 Jun 14

kez1968 says...

shame the entire council would'nt relocate to newport. On the subject of cctv in blaenau gwent , 3 police officers were assaulted on market square brynmawr, were the cameras operating? No because budget cuts mean they aint operating.
shame the entire council would'nt relocate to newport. On the subject of cctv in blaenau gwent , 3 police officers were assaulted on market square brynmawr, were the cameras operating? No because budget cuts mean they aint operating. kez1968
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10:35pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Limestonecowboy says...

CCTV would make no difference only move crime 'out of sight.'
CCTV would make no difference only move crime 'out of sight.' Limestonecowboy
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5:47am Wed 18 Jun 14

Neilwharton says...

There's a surprise, the fact that the transfer of Cctv to Newport was done so secretively, kept out of any of the papers, without letting any of Blaenau Gwent public knowing what was going on, all of a sudden an article in.the Argus telling everyone of this joyous news. Funny how this article is now released 2 days after 3 police officers were set upon by a group of thugs and hospitalised and the footage wasn't captured due to none of the CCTV cameras working, something tells me this article was published by the powers that be to deflect from the complete inept bosses at Blaenau Gwent who didn't care about how the system was run as long as it wasn't by Blaenau Gwent, to me a complete and utter disgrace. Seems to me as usual Blaenau Gwent are trying to bolt the gate after the horse has bolted yet again.
There's a surprise, the fact that the transfer of Cctv to Newport was done so secretively, kept out of any of the papers, without letting any of Blaenau Gwent public knowing what was going on, all of a sudden an article in.the Argus telling everyone of this joyous news. Funny how this article is now released 2 days after 3 police officers were set upon by a group of thugs and hospitalised and the footage wasn't captured due to none of the CCTV cameras working, something tells me this article was published by the powers that be to deflect from the complete inept bosses at Blaenau Gwent who didn't care about how the system was run as long as it wasn't by Blaenau Gwent, to me a complete and utter disgrace. Seems to me as usual Blaenau Gwent are trying to bolt the gate after the horse has bolted yet again. Neilwharton
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