The Town Council has funded a massive improvement to the CCTV coverage in Desborough to deter crime and to aid in securing arrests and convictions for criminal activity.
Until recently, Desborough had four CCTV cameras: three covering the town centre and one on the Recreation Ground. The Town Council gave the then Kettering Borough Council (now North Northamptonshire Council) a grant to fund the replacement of these cameras and the installation of new cameras at other locations. The cameras will be monitored alongside the other CCTV cameras by trained staff working around the clock for North Northamptonshire Council.
The Town Council approved a scheme based on the best estimates available at the time (November 2020) acknowledging that the estimates were incomplete. It was reasonably believed that the costs would be contained within the Council’s budget provision of £65,000. Subsequently alterations were made to the scheme at the request of the Town Council and for technical reasons (e.g. a larger column was required at the Harborough Road site to be able to communicate with the Braybrooke Road extension). The costs were confirmed the total price was £70,600.30 which the Town Council approved.
All of the new cameras are live except as shown below:
- Station Road / Havelock Street
- High Street / Station Road
- High Street / Dunkirk Avenue
- Leisure Centre at The Grange (front)
- Leisure Centre at The Grange (rear)
- Braybrooke Road, opposite Hilltop Avenue
- Braybrooke Road / Straight Furlong
- B576 / Harborough Road (Grange estate roundabout)
- Dunkirk Avenue Recreation Ground adjacent to the Bowls Club
- Chaplins Lane (Dunkirk Avenue Recreation Ground, in the north-west corner)
- B576 opposite Lower Street (awaiting “War Memorial” camera to go live)
- Lower Street near the War Memorial gardens (bespoke column being made)