Barnstaple could become a CCTV hub under new ideas being explored by Devon and Cornwalls newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Alison Hernandez. The town has been identified as a potential location one of a handful that could be enhanced to also provide coverage of neighbouring towns. North Devon Council (NDC) currently monitors more than 100 cameras across Barnstaple and Ilfracombe at a cost of £209,000. The service is currently under a streaming review but Barnstaple Town Centre manager Hannah Harrington said funding could be available from the PCC to help transform it into a new hub. Currently, police do not contribute financially to the running of the service. Speaking at a NDC scrutiny meeting on Thursday, Mrs Harrington told councillors the PCC office had been in touch to air proposals. There are no firm proposals at the moment but the ambition is to provide two or three hubs of CCTV cameras across the county to provide coverage for smaller towns, she said. Barnstaple could become a hub to support other towns and there could be funding available for this. In this case we stand to win; it could make the current CCTV service much more sustainable and resilient going forward.A PCC office spokesperson told the Gazette that a decision on whether further projects will be supported will be made following the completion of the Bude\/Launceston pilot next month. Funding would only be provided for projects which would be sustainable in the longer term without continuing financial support from the PCC, he said. The local council, or the CCTV project group, would take ownership of the CCTV system hardware and the future maintenance of the system. The local council would be required to make a commitment to provide support and maintenance of the camera systems for a minimum of five years; The LPA Inspector would be required to provide assurance that the installation of new cameras was justified by the contribution they would make to police work in intervention, prevention and detection. Asked about the need to provide coverage at the new development at Anchorwood Bank, Mrs Harrington said: We need to upgrade to wireless cameras and there is Section 106 money from Anchorwood to provide coverage to our control room.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.