To update Members on the Town Centre CCTV system and operational overview from the Group Manager for Corporate Property and Commercial Assets
The Group had before it, and NOTED, an update *report and an action plan detailed in section 7 of the report on the Tiverton Town Centre CCTV System presented by the Group Manager for Corporate Property and Commercial Assets.
He outlined the contents of the report and informed the Group that there were currently 26 cameras in Tiverton town centre and when the system was upgraded in 2016 partners, including the police, had been asked to comment on the location of the cameras.
He explained that at the Environment PDG on 6th August a public question had been received regarding the viability of installing mobile CCTV cameras that could be used for enforcement purposes, specifically littering in West Exe Recreational Ground, Tiverton. He explained that the cost of providing one unit would be in the region of £4k but there was a possibility of a free trial.
The Director of Operations explained that arranging the free trial of a mobile camera was something that could be achieved quite quickly but the Council would first need to ensure that it had a Policy on the deployment of such cameras that was compliant with data protection legislation and the latest guidance. He explained that the Council was not able to install cameras in public parks where children played without a robust Policy in place and it would need to investigate how any footage obtained could be used for environmental enforcement purposes.
The Group discussed the ongoing issues at West Exe Recreational Ground in Tiverton and AGREED that a Use of CCTV policy, detailing the governance around the use of mobile cameras in practice, and compliance to the latest guidance should be developed. The Group AGREED that the development of a Policy and an update to procedures should be added to the Groups work programme and be presented to the Group for consideration at a future meeting.
In response to a question regarding the provision of CCTV in Crediton and Cullompton the Group Manager for Corporate Property and Commercial Assets explained that they could consider this as part of the assessment of the current CCTV provision that the Property Services team were due to conduct. The Leader of the Council explained that it would be critical that all parties in Crediton and Cullompton that would benefit from additional CCTV should contribute to the cost of systems.
NOTE: *Report previously circulated and attached to the minutes.