A million pound upgrade to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s CCTV camera network is set to go ahead following a tendering process to decide on a partner for the scheme.

Security firm Computerised & Digital Security Systems Ltd has been selected to deliver the upgrade, which the council has said will cost a total of £1.3m.

The project will see a new wireless camera system brought in, as well as the repositioning of existing cameras to offer what will be considered better coverage.

According to RBWM, around 200 cameras will be added, upgraded or relocated after the current network of cameras reached the end of its serviceable life, having been in use for more than 20 years .

It is also hoped that the new system will assist the ongoing project to replace the hostile vehicle mitigation barriers in Windsor town centre with a design that the council has described as ‘more sympathetic’.

Residents and businesses near to all cameras which are being installed or changed in some way have been contacted by the council and given an opportunity to comment.

Cllr Mike Airey, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We want residents and visitors to be and feel safe in the borough.

“We already work closely with Thames Valley Police to maintain and improve community safety and we hope the new camera system will act as a deterrent from anti-social behaviour in certain hot spots, alongside our expanding team of community wardens.

“Unfortunately there are still those out there who wish to commit crimes in our borough but in conjunction with police this new CCTV system will help to identify perpetrators and bring them to justice on those sad occasions when an incident does occur.”

Andy Williams, managing director of CDS said: “We are delighted to have been appointed as the Royal Borough’s CCTV contractor. Over the coming months we will be installing state-of-the-art cameras across the borough to help local residents feel safer in their community.”