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 and Soham Town Council 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 that Ely’s city centre is safe from crime and social nuisance.
Monitoring of the CCTV cameras that are located around Ely, 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 Councillor and comprises 3 further City of Ely Councillors, representatives of the Police and the lead of the Community Safety Partnership of the ECDC.
Ely CCTV Partnership
CCTV covers the City Centre of Ely, the public car parks and the recreation area in St Johns Road, Ely. There are 28 cameras in total in Ely.
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 qualified 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.