By Dan Walsh
Wexford County Council is to update and modernise the New Ross Community CCTV system at a cost more than €100,000 with support funding up to €40,000 available from the Department of Justice.
The decision was favoured by members at Monday’s monthly meeting of Wexford County Council held with Microsoft Teams in line with Covid-19 guidelines and protocol.
The system has been in place for some 20 years and is in need of expansion and modernisation as a result of advances in technology and also increased demands from An Garda Síochána and the wider community for improved community CCTV services.
“I can confirm that the proposed refurbishment scheme, including camera locations and specifications has been designed in close co-operation with Gardai from New Ross Garda Station,” County Secretary David Minogue told the meeting.
Cllr Michael Sheehan proposed the scheme and congratulated all the people involved, the Gardaí, the JPC and the local companies working in tandem with it. Cllr Michael Whelan, Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District Council and Chair of the JPC seconded.
Cllr Sheehan asked if areas or community groups wanted to be included and hadn’t been included yet, was this possible? He stated the Irishtown had been the scenes of anti-social behaviour in times gone by and while the cemetery does have CCTV the areas around it does not!
Mr Minogue said there would be a public consultation and an opportunity for the community at large to suggest some additions and amendments to the scheme.
In accordance with Section 38 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, it is necessary for Wexford County Council to make application to the Garda Commissioner for approval to this significant refurbishment of the New Ross CCTV system.
The application can only be made with the approval of the Council, following consultation with the JPC and it was confirmed that this consultation with the Wexford JPC has taken place and that the JPC is in favour of the CCTV refurbishment scheme proceeding.