In 2008 East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) in partnership with the City of Ely Council, Soham Town Council and the local Constabulary, successfully transferred the monitoring of the cameras in Ely and Soham from Cambridge City County Council, saving local taxpayers £100,000 each year, whilst significantly improving access to the CCTV by local police.
ECDC subsequently withdrew from the partnership and the final stage, which will save a further £40,000 each year, has been to move over to a modern wi-fi system. As well as being much cheaper, the system also provides a more flexible scheme for the future and was welcomed by all partners. A new Partnership was formed.
The purpose of the CCTV is to contribute towards ensuring the Town Centres of both Ely and Soham are safe from crime and social nuisance.
Monitoring of the CCTV cameras spread around Ely and Soham takes place in the Ely Police Station by a volunteer team, led by a Co-ordinator, and managed by the Clerk of the City Council.
The CCTV partnership is chaired by a City of Ely Council Cuncillor and comprises 3 further City of Ely Councillors, 2 Soham Town councillors, representatives of the Police and the lead of the Community Safety Partnership of the ECDC.
Ely & Soham Community CCTV Partnership
Ely and Soham CCTV cover the City Centre of Ely and the town centre of Soham. In addition it also covers the public car parks in both areas, the recreation areas in St Johns Road, Ely and Fountain Lane, Soham and also Ely Market Square. There are a total of 28 cameras in Ely and 7 in Soham.
The control room is located at Ely Police station where all the cameras are recorded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with cameras monitored at peak periods by volunteers.
Aims of the Scheme
The aim of the scheme is to reduce the level of vehicle crime, anti-social behaviour, violence, theft, criminal damage and commercial burglaries within the areas covered by the scheme.
The Ely Pub Watch and Shop Watch schemes link into the CCTV scheme via radios held by local pubs, clubs and shops, thus enabling precise targeting of actual and potential troublemakers. For more information, please see the CCTV homepage.