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CCTV system could be switched back on - at a cost

Created on 28/01/2017 @ 12:20
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The amount you pay in your Council Tax towards police services in Newtown will rise this April to pay towards CCTV services, including the reinstatement of the town’s CCTV system which has ben defunct for several years.

Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, said the 6.9 per cent increase of 27p per week, per household in a Band D property had not been made lightly, but would go towards additional services.

It has not been confirmed if his plans will see Newtown’s CCTV system switched on. But he said the additional rise would be put towards CCTV systems in the county.

Mr Llywelyn said: “My decision to ask for an increase in the amount of money our communities pay towards policing was not made lightly.”

“The precept agreed by the Police & Crime Panel today equates to an additional 27p per week, per household for an average band D property. This band D tax will be at a level that is 6.9% higher than the 2016/17 level and is 1.55 per cent higher than the 2014/15 level.

“This increase in budget will enable me to move ahead with my plans to re-invest in CCTV across the counties, as well as enhance the service provided to our most rural communities. It will also go towards implementing required improvements in order to improve the HMIC grading’s for the force, a significant challenge but a priority for myself and the Chief Constable.”

“The consultation I undertook at the end of last year confirmed that our communities are willing to pay more for policing.  The majority suggested they were in support of an increase of up to 5%, with some willing to go to 10 per cent.” 

“I am very aware of financial demands our communities face and have done my best to keep the increase to a minimum. Today’s increase means that the communities served by Dyfed Powys Police continue to pay the least for their local policing, when compared to the other Welsh forces.” 

“In light of a freeze on precept last year, a cut of 5% in the previous year and the continuation of cuts to police budgets nationally, no increase was not an option. And I will use every penny of this increase to ensure that we continue to do everything possible to keep our our communities safe.” 

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