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A collage image of stills from cctv footage in Huyton, Knowsley

Council makes further investment in Huyton Village Centre

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley Council has further invested in the coverage of the CCTV network in Huyton Village Centre.

The Security Service CCTV Engineer has now completed work which includes the installation of new HD cameras in the village.

Situated throughout the village to ensure full coverage, the 18 CCTV cameras will help to promote safety and reassurance, as well as supporting the village centre’s recovery from the pandemic as it gets ready to welcome back shoppers and visitors.

Throughout the pandemic, many essential retail businesses in the village centre have remained open, while others are working on their reopening plans. In addition, new businesses such as Italian Restaurant, La Vita, are set to open for the very first time, further enhancing the village centre’s emerging food and drink offer.

In a joint statement, Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, and Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“We are working hard to develop Huyton Village Centre to make it a thriving area for people to visit, shop and socialise. Part of this is our investment in quality CCTV systems that will offer reassurance to our residents and business alike and give people confidence to enjoy both the day and evening time offer.

“Our investment in CCTV forms part of the council’s ambitious ten-year development plan for Huyton Village Centre which includes a shop front improvement scheme, growing our emerging night-time economy offer, as well as developing a commercial district and public realm improvements.”

Knowsley has more than 850 cameras across the borough, monitored 24/7 by a team of specially trained council officers. Significantly the CCTV control room has direct links with Merseyside Police and share vital information with the local policing team.

Chief Inspector, Phil Mullally, Knowsley’s Local Policing Team said: “The installation of the new cameras in Huyton Village Centre allows policing and council staff to be pro-active in our approach to preventing crime and incidents occurring. Working with the council CCTV unit as one team enables us to continue our efforts to keep our communities safe and help support the positive and ongoing development of the area.”