Big Brother is watching you…

no, not you...YOU!!

Eastleigh council spends more on CCTV surveillance than major cities like Coventry, Oxford or Preston shock figures reveal.

The recent addition of two temporary CCTV cameras in upper market street to monitor bus station activity has thrown the use of CCTV in the town centre into the spotlight.

Despite assurances from the council that Eastleigh is an area with low crime, the council has installed around 80 cameras and according to a freedom of information request by website bigbrotherwatch has spent £814,957 on CCTV between 2007 – 2010.

The council has also borrowed £1 million in order to refurbish the Southampton road Multi story car park – a process which will see the installation yet more CCTV cameras.

The town’s cameras are monitored in a top secret control room located above the council office in the swan centre under the supervision of the town centre manager.

Although people who visit the swan centre are routinely spied on and photographed by CCTV without consent, they are not permitted to take any photographs themselves.

Last April a 71 year old Fair Oak man was prevented from photographing a car exhibit by security guards.

Town centre manager Dee Buffone told the Daily Echo:

“This policy has been adopted to protect members of the public from being photographed without their consent.”

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In Westminster the Conservative coalition are pushing through legislation – the Protection of Freedoms bill – which will allow any member of the public to refer their local council for a judicial review if they feel the use of CCTV is unjustified.

Ironically, despite spending over £800k in order to film members of the public, Eastleigh Council recently turned down a request from a resident to have CCTV cameras installed in the council chamber on the grounds of cost.

  3 comments for “Big Brother is watching you…

  1. Matthew Myatt
    April 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    “The town’s cameras are monitored in a top secret control room located above the council office in the swan centre under the supervision of the town centre manager.”

    As the town centre manager was sacked a few weeks back as part of the Local Lib Dem cut backs, who claim they are not making any cuts, who has control over this CCTV system now..????

  2. Peter Stewart
    April 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I hate Big Brother! I hate CCTV cameras! And I hate the philosophy of those who advocate it! Orwell was a visionary. When we allow others to spy on us, it says much about the dominance and subservience of State and people respectively.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Peter.You must learn to love Big Brother.
      Big Brother is watching you FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.

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