New webcam in Bideford will ‘add to tourism value’

Bideford town hall.

Bideford town hall. - Credit: Archant

Bideford Town Council will be funding a webcam on the town hall showcasing the quayside 24/7.

BIDEFORD Town Council will be putting £800 towards a webcam which will broadcast views of the Quayside to the world.

The camera will be fixed to a turret on the Town Hall and will face out towards the river.

At the full council meeting last night (Thursday), councillors voted to increase the budget for the webcam from £500 to £800.

This was due to the way the camera would have to be wired into a computer in the Town Hall, which is a Grade II listed building.

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Town clerk Heather Blackburn told councillors this would mean there was a potential to add another camera to the building in the future, facing in a different direction.

Councillor Andy Powell was the first to agree to the motion, saying it would be a positive move for the town.

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He said: “Having a webcam that projects Bideford in all its good times can only add to the tourism value of the town.

“It’s a perfect way to advertise the town 365 days a year, 24 hours.

“In my opinion, that is money well spent.”

The webcam, when installed, will be displayed on the Bideford Town Council website.

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