Urgent update to CCTV policy

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Boston Borough Council has been forced to update its CCTV policy to cover all of its cameras after concerns were raised over a ‘growing body of case law and advice’ – only months after already reviewing it this year.

Councillors at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday considered a new draft policy.

It was also considered as an urgent item recently by the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

It follows the council only recently updating the policy in April of this year.

Portfolio holder for regulatory services Coun Stephen Woodliffe told councillors: “Essentially, this brings us into line so that every aspect of CCTV is covered.”

A report explained to councillors that the current policy only covered the scope and operation of the ‘main public realm’ system, which covered Boston and Kirton.

However, the council has also installed separate CCTV systems at ‘key council premises and on a number of its operational vehicles’.

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter is due to visit the council in January 2016.

Cabinet was told that despite the short notice, the scrutiny committee were happy with the paper and voted unanimously in favour of the change.