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Police & Neighbourhood Watch Committee

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Police and Neighbourhood Watch

Minutes of a Meeting held on 07 November 2016 at the Jessel Room

Present: Cllrs Phil Kirkby (Chairman), Mrs Carol Ash and Alan Foster.
Mr Peter Rolington (Adviser). The Clerk.

Apologies: Cllr Sean Gilder (away on business).

Declarations of Interest. None.

The meeting was convened to receive the details of a quote dated 03 October 2016 from Sunstone IP Systems.

The quote, resulting from a site visit by Catherine Southall of Sunstone to Goudhurst and Kilndown on 26 September 2016, covers:

Vine Hotel – 2 cameras to provide a view up and down the High St
Parish Hall – 2 cameras to provide an overview of vehicle and pedestrian entrance
Old Parsonage Surgery – 1 camera on the rear elevation covering the entrance drive and the public toilets
Balcombes Hill – 1 camera on the public toilet block looking at the car park
Old School – 1 camera providing an overview of the entrance to the residential area
Star & Eagle Hotel – 3 cameras providing an overview of the Churchyard wall, the West Door of the Church and the rear car park off Back Lane
Church Room – 2 cameras providing an overview of the play area and the Church oil tank
Kate Hardy’s Dress Shop – 1 camera

Quarry Centre – 2 cameras providing a view of the entrance and the defibrillator in the phone box
Village Hall – 3 cameras. 1 on each entrance (front and side) and viewing the outside playgroup area.

It was agreed that the total quote is not affordable in one Council budget year. However, various 3rd parties are expected and have broadly agreed in principle to cover the cost of coverage of their premises.

It was noted that the Sunstone equipment is high quality and should have a serviceable life of up to 10 years. Members believe that the cost of the whole project can be seen to be affordable if considered per annum over a 10 year period.

It was agreed to recommend to Council that the 2 cameras on the Vine are the top priority and that those cameras should be installed soonest. Mr Rolington wishes to have the Old School camera installed soonest also at the residents’ expense. The Clerk will ask Sunstone for a quote just for those 3 cameras.
It was noted that there is a provision of £5k in the Parish Council 2016-17 budget for the purchase of replacement CCTV cameras.

Mr Rolington will research possible sources of grant funding through ‘crime reduction’ and ‘community’ Police budgets but any such funding is likely to be small.

The Committee considered the possibility of funding the project through leasing agreements and recommend to Council that this option be considered further.

It was noted that the ANPR facility on the Vine cameras now has somewhat reduced value as the Police, in broad terms, do not have the resources to take any follow up action. The Vine cameras will be useful in the analysis of road traffic accidents at the adjoining cross roads, as they have in the past. They can also be adapted to collect certain traffic volume data.

The Clerk will ask Sunstone to quote for the installation of the Vine and Old School cameras separately.

The Clerk will discuss with the 3rd party participants their involvement given that we now have some information on costs.

08 November 2016

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