Nenagh Town Council is hoping to go to tender shortly on its proposed CCTV scheme, councillors have been told. The news was revealed after Cllr Lalor McGee raised the issue with the council and asked if it would be place before the town council is abolished following May’s local elections.
“The council has met the consultants and we are in the process of making a few changes. We will then meet the Gardai and then go to tender,” town clerk Sarah O’Callaghan told him.
She said they were hoping to go to a Part VIII process at the council’s meeting in February and then go to tender.
However, Cllr Tom Moylan, FG, chairman of Nenagh Joint Policing Committee, was disappointed with the reply and said he had hoped the council would have issued its Part VIII last month.
“It is important to see what proposals the consulant has come up with and to make sure the members are happy with them,” he said.
Cllr Moylan suggested that a presentation be ready for the next JPC meeting on February 17 and that, if necessary, a town council meeting be called for that night. All of the town councillors are also members of the JPC.
His party colleague, Cllr Conor Delaney, said CCTV had been on the cards for a long time and it was important to get it right.
He was supported by Cllr Virginia O’Dowd, Labour, who said it was worth waiting to make sure the cameras were placed on the correct buildings.
Sinn Fein’s Cllr Seamus Morris wanted to know who will monitor the CCTVs and maintain them. He was told by Cllr Moylan that hard copies of any material gathered would be kept in Nenagh Garda station. The town clerk pointed out that the system will need permission fro the national garda CCTV committee.
Meanwhile, Cllr Tom Mulqueen, Fianna Fail, was told by Ms O’Callaghan that the cameras would cover the car park at Kenyon Street as well as covering along the street.