calls for better seafront CCTV coverage after 'unsighted' collision
frustrated motorist has called for CCTV coverage to be improved
along Burnham-On-Sea's busy seafront after his car was damaged in
a collision this week.
musician John Prescott's car was left dented and scratched, as pictured
here, when it was struck in one of the seafront parking bays on
Monday morning (August 22nd).
says he is amazed that CCTV cameras in the area failed to capture
any record of the incident.
parked my car on The Esplanade in a pay and display bay near The
Front Parlour cafe at approximately 9am on Monday," he says.
I returned at 11am a lady ran up to me to say that she has been
narrowly missed by a car and it had hit mine."
told the car was mint green and an elderly man was driving but unfortunately
I was too late to the scene and he didnt stop."
driver must have been driving on the wrong side of the road to hit
my car and was selfish to not even stop. I understand from one witness
that the car turned left off The Esplanade down Pier Street, however
I don't have any further information."
John added: "I have requested CCTV footage however I was firstly
told the camera wasnt being monitored and they are unable
to see the registration, and I was then told the camera was at the
wrong angle to see the vehicle."
have filed a report with the police but they are unable to do anything
without a registration number, apparently."
added: "Im disappointed at the level of security along
the seafront. Im told that all cameras along the front are
facing down the side streets and unless a member of security is
monitoring a camera when an accident happens they are unable to
zoom in to see the detail."
do not see how this is money well spent and I certainly fear the
worst if this was a more serious incident."
theory, the driver could have hit every car along that road or even
hit a person and apparently nothing could be done to locate the
general attitude of the police was that unless the council provide
more funding we have to deal with what we have. Obviously this is
frustrating for me as Im now having to pay for something out
of my control."
invited Sedgemoor District Council to comment and its spokeswoman
Claire Faun said: "CCTV helps to reduce fear of crime and actual
crime and is a deterrent for anti-social behaviour, rather than
a security system. The Council currently monitors 149 cameras in
6 towns - Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge, Yeovil, Taunton
and Wellington. There are staff on duty 24/7; 365 days a year."
"In normal monitoring mode, the cameras taking panning shots,
which allows them to scan as wide an area as possible. Once the
operators spot any potential trouble, they then zoom in to get further
details. However, it is not always possible to spot every incident
that occurs which was the case in this particular situation."
the cameras can only look at one place at a time and cannot simultaneously
capture everything that goes on within its entire coverage area.
The cameras do cover the Esplanade as well as side streets leading
from the Esplanade."
are sorry that the gentlemans car was damaged but we are unable
to help at this time."
in July we investigated 394 incidents which resulted in 82 arrests."
with information about the incident should call Burnham Police on