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Cabinet recommends shared safety service

Proposals for a shared community safety service with East Lindsey have been recommended for approval by Boston Borough Council's Cabinet. The project could save as much as £50,000 a year from 2018 onwards.

The cross-border arrangement was similarly recommended for approval by East Lindsey District Council's executive board last week.

Both Cabinets have also recommended investigating use of Boston's state-of-the-art CCTV monitoring system, with East Lindsey investing £425,000 to update its own cameras and install wireless infrastructure to transmit images.

Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for community safety, told Boston's Cabinet the council was delivering on its promise to preserve and improve frontline services and reduce the cost to the council taxpayer.

Cllr Derek Richmond, portfolio holder for the town centre, said it also demonstrated that other authorities trusted the borough council's staff to carry the programme forward.

Cllr Mike Gilbert added: "It is a great strength that we have CCTV. The public find it reassuring, but it's not cheap. We are finding ways of ensuring continuation of the system."

Boston Borough Council has already agreed to share CCTV with South Holland District Council and a CCTV arrangement with East Lindsey would bring together a single control suite in Boston for the whole of the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership area.

The council already shares a successful refuse collecting service with East Lindsey District Council.

Under the proposals, whilst still being based in their respective districts, community safety teams would have the remit and ability to support one another across borders.

Both councils already work closely together through the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership and this would be an extension of that existing arrangement.

All East Lindsey CCTV images would be monitored from the Boston suite, there would be a shared community safety manager. The Cabinet recommended that the chief executive should begin staff consultation with the aim of a "go live" date of September/October 2015.