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New ‘high-performance’ CCTV systems to be installed in Neath Port Talbot

FUNDING for new “high-performance” CCTV systems has been granted for a number of towns in Neath Port Talbot.

The money worth around £71,000 of Shared Prosperity Funding will go towards upgraded CCTV systems in Pontardawe town centre as well as additions to the current service in Briton Ferry West.

The systems will be operated through the council’s CCTV control room, where staff work alongside emergency services such as the police, fire and ambulance service. Cameras here are monitored 24 hours a day for seven days a week, with the aim of keeping both residents and visitors to the area safe.

A council spokesperson said the improved systems will also add a number of other benefits in the area including crime prevention and a potential reduction in security costs and insurance premiums.

They said: “The enhanced community safety provided by the new CCTV service at Pontardawe town centre and extended provision at locations in  Briton Ferry West has come from a £71,246 grant from the UK Government via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

“Providing direct links to South Wales Police and council services, the intention of the new CCTV services is to assist even more in the reduction and detection of anti-social behaviour and general crime, improving local safety and helping to reduce the fear of crime.”

Pontardawe councillor Heath Davies said: “This CCTV funding is fantastic news for Pontardawe. Knowing these cameras will soon be active 24/7 on our main streets brings a real sense of security to our community.

“They’ll help keep our village safe from crime and address issues like illegal parking. Having the cameras there gives us reassurances of a reliable record if ever needed.”

Fellow Pontardawe councillor Anthony John Richards added: “As county councillor for Pontardawe, I’m proud to see our community’s persistence pay off with the funding for CCTV. It reaffirms Pontardawe’ s status as a wonderful and safe destination for all.”