As part of Knowsley Council’s development plans, the Kirkby Town Centre CCTV network has been extended and modernised in response to requests from local residents and businesses.
At the start of last year, Knowsley Council asked Kirkby businesses and residents “what makes a good town centre?”. Among the responses was a request for improved CCTV coverage – as a result of that feedback, the existing cameras have been modernised and new, high-definition cameras have also been installed across the Town Centre.
As well as promoting safety and reassurance to existing businesses and visitors to Kirkby Town centre, the improvements will also support new businesses including the recently opened KFC and Morrisons, KFC, Taco Bell, and Home Bargains as they prepare to open their doors for the first time over the summer.
Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, said: “We asked our businesses and residents what they wanted for Kirkby and we have listened. They told us that improved CCTV was important to them, so we ensured that this was a key priority for us as we take forward our development plans for our Town Centre. We have been working hard over the last year to drive forward our plans for Kirkby, creating a thriving area for people to visit, shop, and socialise. This investment in CCTV will offer reassurance to residents, visitors, and businesses alike.”
Knowsley has more than 850 cameras across the Borough, monitored 24/7 by a team of specially trained Council Security Officers. Significantly, the CCTV control room has direct links with Merseyside Police and shares vital information with the Local Policing Team.
Superintendent Phil Mullally from Knowsley’s Local Policing Team added: “Our new Kirkby Policing Team has been working closely with the town centre businesses. The improved CCTV network enable us to have real time 24/7 footage, helping us to keep communities safe and support the positive and ongoing development of Kirkby.”