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£1m price tag for cameras

CASH-strapped Solihull Council has spent over £1m on CCTV cameras in a three-year period, new figures reveal.

CASH-strapped Solihull Council has spent over £1m on CCTV cameras in a three-year period, new figures reveal.

The amount that each local authority spent on the cameras was published by the action group Big Brother Watch.

In terms of the money ploughed into CCTV maintenance, Solihull was ranked 119th out of 336 local councils.

It’s understood that there are around 80 cameras in the borough, used to tackle various offences - including vandalism and anti social behaviour.

Alex Deane, group director of Big Brother Watch, said that the technology was a waste of public money.

“We are being watched more than ever before, and we’re being ripped off into the bargain,” he said.

“British taxpayers will be scandalised to see their money being thrown away like this in the current economic climate.”

But Councillor Len Creswell, cabinet member for safer communities, said the cameras were used to keep Solihull safe.

“It has proved essential in gathering evidence to arrest and convict a number of criminals and is effective in deterring crime and anti-social behaviour.

“We also know that many residents feel re-assured by the presence of CCTV, and in the case of Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood we have actually responded to residents’ requests and installed cameras.”

Solihull’s neighbouring authority, Birmingham City Council spent over £10m during the same three-year period.

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