Meeting hears there’s still some resistance to CCTV in rural areas

There is still some resistance to the installation of CCTV in rural areas.

That was one concern raised at a meeting held by the Joint Policing Committee in Sligo last night where community groups heard how they could access funding for CCTV schemes in their local area.

A number of community groups attended the meeting at the Clayton Hotel last night.

Vanessa Clarke of Muintir Na Tire says it was held to inform people how to access new funding being made available by the Department of Justice.

There were a number of questions from the floor including where to locate the cameras and when installed what kind of maintenance costs are involved.

Vanessa Clarke says it was clear there is still some resistance to the idea of installing this:

Phillip Rooney, Chair of the Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum in county Leitrim also attended the meeting to outline their experience in North Leitrim where a successful scheme has been in place for the last 7 years.

They hope to expand the scheme now around North Leitrim to places like Kiltyclogher and Rossinver.

But he says the grant being offered by the department of €40,000 is not nearly enough: