camera raises privacy fears for Burnham residents
Concerned residents in Burnham-On-Sea have this week expressed
fears that a new CCTV camera that is due to be switched on over
the next few days will affect their privacy.
The new 30ft camera has been installed outside the entrance to
Apex Park in Marine Drive and is set to help Burnham police monitor
traffic and activities in the busy car park.
residents living around the camera have told Burnham-On-Sea.com
they are concerned that the 'Big Brother' device will be able
to look into their homes.
resident, Keith Hinton, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There is
a lot of concern that the camera will be able to look into our
gardens and homes, affecting our privacy."
camera has a very high vantage point and will be able to move
around to monitor activities in the area - including our homes."
says that residents' attempts to discuss the matter with the district
council, who will be operating it with local police, have not
I recently discussed my matter with the council, they didn't take
our concerns seriously and suggested we should put up net curtains,
which is not an option."
of us don't understand why a camera is needed here given that
the seriousness of the problems along Marine Drive have now largely
Roger Tolley of Burnham Police has assured residents that their
privacy will be respected.
CCTV camera will not be used at any time to look into nearby homes
- they have my guarantee on that," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
camera will be used to watch Marine Drive and the Apex car park
- nothing else."