Oxford City Council has installed CCTV cameras in Oxford’s historic Covered Market.
This is the first time the City Council has funded and operated a whole suite of cameras at the market, as previously there have only been CCTV cameras installed by traders in individual units.
29 CCTV cameras have been fitted to the interior and exterior of the covered market, at an estimated cost of £60,000.
The City Council has installed the cameras in response to concerns raised by traders about security measures at the market. Statutory signage about the CCTV will be on display around the market.
Oxford City Council is investing in the long-term success of the market, and has been developing a ‘master plan’ to set out proposals for a multi-million pound regeneration of the market.
The regeneration will respect the unique character, heritage and history of the Covered Market, which first opened in 1774 and is Grade II-listed.
Future intended plans include progressing a trial of later opening hours at the market. Traders will potentially be encouraged to extend their opening hours to create a unique destination for evening visitors.
Separately, the City Council is already investing £3.1m into the Covered Market to secure its long-term future. The investment includes £1.8m to secure the roof for another 60 to 80 years, and £1.3m for internal refurbishment and decorations.
Councillor Imogen Thomas, cabinet member responsible for City Centre Action Plan delivery at Oxford City Council, said:
“We are committed to working with traders to secure the long term future of one of the city’s most prized historic assets.
“We greatly value all our traders and take the feedback they give us very seriously.
“We have listened carefully to traders’ concerns about security at the market and have made a significant investment to help protect both people and the venue.
“The council is continuing to support the market to be a thriving part of the city centre during the day and also explore its potential as an evening destination as well.”