A Tory plan to scrap Westhoughton’s town centre CCTV cameras was thwarted.
The seven cameras, which cover Market Street and Pavillion Square, cost Westhoughton Town Council just £6,568 per year. Police have said that the cameras have provided crucial evidence in a number of cases.
The reckless plan to scrap the cameras was suggested by a Tory councillor who has now quit his role on the town council after toxic infighting in the local Conservative party. A by-election is being held in the White Horse ward on Thursday 8 March.
It comes as Bolton West Tory MP Chris Green has failed to challenge his boss Theresa May over the loss of 2,000 police officers across Greater Manchester.
Westhoughton has seen its policing team reduced by half. It is clear that the Tories are out of touch with crime issues in Westhoughton.
White Horse by-election candidate Deirdre McGeown said: “I’m concerned about the crime situation in Westhoughton but annoyed that the people who represent us don’t seem to be listening. Labour’s town council leader has dismissed the crime issue and the Tories wanted to scrap our vital town centre CCTV. They are both out of touch.
“I’ve been really impressed by the work already done by my fellow campaigners Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon and David Wilkinson and I would like to think that I can give residents like you and I a stronger voice on the town council.”