10:12 Friday 23 May 2014

Antennae to be erected on church tower to help improve CCTV coverage in Soham

Written byJORDAN DAY

St Andrew's Church, Soham. St Andrew's Church, Soham.

Antennae will be mounted on the tower of a 12th century church to help improve CCTV coverage in Soham.

It was in January that the City of Ely Council applied for planning permission to erect four antenna on the tower of St Andrew’s Church in Soham.

The city council, which is responsible for CCTV monitoring in Ely and Soham, has recently switched to a new digital wireless camera system and needs the ­antennae to ­transmit live pictures from the town back to Ely police station.

The proposals have now been approved by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

In its application, the city council said the antennae would be “installed ­sympathetically” on the tower to ensure there is “no harm to the ­significance to the heritage asset”.

English Heritage said it was “satisfied” with the proposals, even though the Grade I listed church sits within Soham’s conservation area.

In a letter to the district council, Sheila Stones, inspector of historic buildings and areas, said: “English Heritage is satisfied that the proposals would not harm the significance of this highly important heritage asset.

“We would have no objection should your authority be minded to approve the application for planning permission.”

The City of Ely Council and Soham Town Council jointly fund a CCTV system which covers the centres of both locations.

There are also antennae on the tower of Ely Cathedral.

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