A £1.3 million improved state-of-the-art CCTV system across the Royal Borough will be monitored 24 hours a day.

Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “The existing CCTV system is reaching the end of its serviceable life after more than 20 years and our replacement will be a significant upgrade.”

The investment follows a detailed review of the existing facilities by an external company and fits into a wider project to improve public security across the borough.

It includes the installation of CCTV cameras at multi-storey car park stairwells in Hines Meadow, Broadway and Stafferton Way, Maidenhead as well as at Victoria Street, Windsor.

Hostile vehicle mitigation barriers in Windsor and a developing strategy to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town centre will also help improve safety.

Superintendent Bhupinder Rai, LPA commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “We believe the new system will bring with it increased opportunities for crime prevention and detection.”

The system is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.