Since the re-opening of Knowsley’s town centres, following the recent gradual easing of lockdown measures, Knowsley Council has announced even further investment in Prescot Town Centre with the installation of a new CCTV camera system.
Phase one of the work has seen new cameras fitted while also upgrading existing cameras. Further work is also planned over the coming weeks to install additional cameras.
Situated across the Town Centre and linking to the Railway station – the CCTV cameras will support the recovery of the Town Centre, helping it to welcome back visitors safely while attracting footfall and supporting businesses to get up and running as lockdown measures continue to ease.
The work also comes as part of the ongoing and significant investments being made by the council in the area, as a result of Knowsley Council’s masterplan for the town. In recent years new independent bars and restaurants have opened, creating a new night time offer in the town. This sits alongside the new homes being built in Prescot, improvements to public transport and public realm and the ongoing construction of the Shakespeare North Playhouse which will attract visitors from all over the globe when it opens in 2022.
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:
Over the last few weeks our engineer has been working safely to install the CCTV across the Town Centre. This means that as lockdown measures gradually ease and we slowly and safely return to a more normal way of life, the town is prepared and ready for our residents and visitors.
In the longer term, like any flourishing, cosmopolitan area CCTV helps support business owners and public alike. Prescot continues to work towards the opening of the Shakespeare North Playhouse in 2022, and the new CCTV provides reassurance and gives people the confidence to enjoy both the day and evening time offer.”
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 Prescot 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 development of the area.”