LEADING councillors have welcomed a scheme to upgrade Hyndburn's CCTV system by going digital and moving the control room to Blackburn.
The network of 29 cameras, which are placed around the borough, is currently monitored from Accrington Police Station on Manchester Road.
But Hyndburn Council chiefs say the system, which has been in place since 1995, is old and desperately needs a revamp.
A spokesman said: "The old analogue system has been showing serious signs of wear and tear and has been causing concerns about reliability. It is also proving expensive to maintain and repair."
Now police bosses are looking to move the control room to Greenbank Police Station in Blackburn in a bid to modernise the system.
Chief Inspector Allan Wyllie said: "The transfer of the CCTV operations from Accrington to Blackburn will significantly improve the quality of service offered.
"The enhanced systems and technology in place at Greenbank will improve the quality of pictures which will aid our response times."
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "We are currently awaiting confirmation of funding arrangements from Hyndburn Council and I am unable to confirm at this time whether it is paying all of the costs or a percentage of them.
"Once the funding arrangements have been confirmed it is expected that the move will be complete by the end of April.
"It is expected, although not finalised, that staff will be transferred from Accrington to Blackburn, which will retain the local knowledge they have."