Hartlepool streets could be safer after £400,000 CCTV boost

Hartlepool CCTV Monitoring Centre.
Hartlepool CCTV Monitoring Centre.

CCTV coverage across Hartlepool is set to be improved as councillors agreed to relocate the system in a £400,000 move.

Cameras owned by Hartlepool Borough Council are currently monitored by the Thirteen social housing provider at its base in Stranton, Hartlepool, for 99 and a half hours a week.

A number of areas are stopping CCTV because of their financial position but it remains a priority for the town.

Denise Ogden

But Thirteen, formerly Housing Hartlepool, is moving to Stockton as building owner Camerons wants to sell the property.

Councillors yesterday agreed to relocate and upgrade the monitoring equipment to Hartlepool Civic Centre.

The estimated capital cost of the project to the council is £400,000, including £100,000 of building works.

But the authority says the switch will save the council £50,000 from its budget this year.

It will also result in coverage of the council’s 134 cameras being increased to round the clock.

Denise Ogden, the council’s director of regeneration and neighbourhoods, said: “A number of areas are stopping CCTV because of their financial position but it remains a priority for the town.”

Ms Ogden said although there were no plans to replace individual cameras, the new matrix equipment would produce much better pictures.

A report that went to yesterday’s Finance and Policy Committee said the move and greater coverage would help support the police and the Emergency Planning Service.

Burbank Community House, Cleveland Fire headquarters and Hartlepool Police Station were all considered as possible locations.