CCTV Camera Locations in Kent

A Milsom made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Kent County Council

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Dear Kent County Council,

I would like to request a spreadsheet, detailing all of the CCTV camera locations in the district covered by Kent County Council. I would appreciate if you could separate these into separate pages, by city, to allow clearer clarification.

I would appreciate if you could display whether it is a mobile camera, (attached to a vehicle) or a stationary camera, and also what district views the cameras. Please also display whether it is a functioning CCTV camera, or whether it is a non-operating/dummy camera.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. A. Milsom

Kent County Council

Dear Mr Milsom

Thank you for your email.

I acknowledge your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Assuming we hold this information, I will endeavour
to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 14th January 2010 (20 working days from date of receipt).

I will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/09/1400 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

Best regards

Corporate Access to Information Team, Chief Executive's Department
Kent County Council, Legal & Democratic Services, Room 1.94, Sessions
House, County Hall, Maidstone. ME14 1XQ.
Tel: 01622 696265 or 01622 694261 - Fax: 01622 694383
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/council-and-democ...

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Kent County Council

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Dear Mr Milsom

Thank you for your request for information.

Kent County Council is a very large authority; our employee headcount is
over 44,000. KCC is split into five directorates, each with their own
devolved powers and financial management so consequently, very few records
are centralised making our ability to answer authority-wide requests for
information very difficult within the appropriate limit. The Council does
not hold a central register of CCTV cameras. This is mainly because the
purpose of these cameras is one of internal security rather than the
monitoring of public places such as town centres and car parks. If it
is information on the latter that you are interested in, then you will
need to redirect your request to the District Councils in Kent, and Medway
Council, which is a unitary authority.

[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/how_... .aspx
[2]http://www.kent.gov.uk/your_council/how_... .aspx

However we can confirm that within the Maidstone County Hall complex of
Sessions House, Invicta House and Cantium House, we do have CCTV cameras
in public areas which are monitored by the security staff. There are three
members of staff (2 full time and 1 part time) and this occupies less than
15% of their time. There have been no reported incidents that have
required police involvement.

There are also CCTV cameras sited in Kent Adult Social Services Buildings
in East Kent and West Kent although no staff are directly employed to
manage this facility. The installation of internal CCTV is used
exclusively as a deterrent to prevent violent situations occurring and
provide staff with the confidence to manage difficult situations within a
controlled environment. External CCTV coverage is to ensure a safe route
for staff working within a contentious environment and who are
occasionally threatened by distressed clients. Unless requested by a
senior member of staff, the sound mechanism of the TV is not activated.
Any recorded imagery is deleted on a 30 day rolling cycle. A notice
informing the public of the CCTV operation is displayed at all locations.

Queens House, Folkestone - 14 cameras installed 2006
Internal coverage of public areas and basement staff car park and front
and rear doors
The police viewed imagery and legal proceeding were instigated related to
an incident of theft from the building * outcome unknown.

Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne - 5 cameras installed 2002
Internal coverage of meeting rooms / reception area to ensure safety of
staff. Not used in any legal proceedings

St Peters House, Broadstairs - 13 installed in stages external 1999
internal 2001
External coverage of staff car park and internal meeting rooms /
reception. The police have viewed external imagery on several occasions
but we are not aware if any criminal convictions resulted from this source

Brook House, Whitstable - 14 cameras installed in 2005
Internal coverage of meeting rooms / reception and basement car park plus
coverage of external car park. The police are currently scrutinising a
recording of an incident of criminal damage that may lead to legal
proceedings

Montague House, Tunbridge Wells
Coverage of front of building and office car park and internal coverage of
reception area and meeting rooms.
- 6 cameras. 2 are situated at the front of the building, 1 in the car
park, 2 in interview rooms and 1 in reception.

Croft House, Tonbridge
Coverage of rear door and internal coverage of reception area and
interview and meeting rooms.
- 7 cameras. 2 are situated in reception, 1 at the back door, 2 in
interview rooms and 2 in meeting rooms.

Bishops Terrace, Maidstone
- 2 cameras. 1 at the back door and 1 in the office car park. Installed
in 1998.

Joynes House, Gravesend
Internal coverage of reception area and interview rooms and coverage of
the front door.
- 7 cameras. 1 in reception, 1 at the front door, 2 in meeting rooms and
3 in interview rooms.

Guru Nanak
- 8 cameras. 2 outside by front door, 1 in entrance, 1 by lift, 2 in
lounge on ground floor and 2 in lounge on 1st floor.

Residential & Recuperative Care Homes
Westview , Ashford - 1 in entrance lobby
Westbrook House, Margate - 1 in main reception
Blackburn Lodge , Sheerness - 4
Kiln Court , Faversham - 3 in car park

Kent Youth Service has cameras operating at 13 of their 30 centres. All
are fixed cameras except one, which pans to a very limited extent (up and
down the path leading to the entrance only), and has been 'checked' by
local residents to show that it's area of coverage does not impose upon
any of the private dwellings close to the centre. There are no staff
tasked with monitoring any of these cameras and KYS HQ has no records of
incidents reported to the Police - see attachment.

Springfield.

There are 4 cameras at the site at Springfield. They are all fixed and DO
NOT pan. There are no staff monitoring the cameras in real time as it
operates on an 8 day recording and there have been no incidents requiring
investigation or intervention. - see attachment for CCTV cameras at
libraries

Kent Adult Education Services has cameras operating at 6 of their 17
centres. 1 camera can pan, the rest are fixed. Only one incident has been
reported to Police (the theft of a Viridor bin) and again, no staff are
specifically employed to monitor cameras. - see attachment

Country Parks - Two of our parks have CCTV cameras.
1. Lullingstone Country Park, near Eynsford - 2 cameras (in place for the
last 4 years)
2. Shorne Woods Country Park, near Gravesend - 16 cameras (in place for
the last 3 years)

Household Waste Recycling Centres - Please find below a list of all of the
CCTV cameras at the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Sites with CCTV
Site No. of Date Who Contractor/ Automatic Number
cameras installed manages operator Plate Recognition
Vauxhall Road - 16 01/11/2008 KCC Onwatch Y
Canterbury
Manston Road - 10 01/09/2008 KCC Onwatch
Margate
Chart Leacon - 12 28/02/2006 KCC Onwatch Y
Ashford
Church Marshes 5 2006 KCC Visual
- Sittingbourne Verification
Tovil - 17 18/05/2000 KCC Onwatch
Maidstone
Dartford Heath 10 28/10/1998 KCC Onwatch
- Dartford
Pedham Place - 10 15/04/2009 KCC Onwatch
Swanley
Dunbrik - 6 20/11/1998 KCC Onwatch
Sundridge
North Farm - 15 30/04/2008 KCC Onwatch Y
Longfield
Hawkinge - Unknown (At Eagle
Folkestone 5 least Nov Viridor Security Y
06)
Whitfield - Unknown (At Guardian
Dover 8 least Nov Viridor Security
06)
Pepperhill - 22 01/09/2008 KCC Onwatch
Gravesham

Kent Highway Services
Please find attached KCC's latest list of our traffic management CCTV
locations. We have two types - permanent sites which have their own pole
(page 1), and "semi-mobile" CCTV (page 2) which we fix to lamp columns
for a number of weeks to assess specific problems. The current locations
of the semi-mobile CCTV cameras are listed. All are used for the purposes
of monitoring traffic flow and we do not identify individuals or record
the data. I have also attached the current Code of Practice for the
Traffic Management Centre - this is under review by Jacobs on KCC's
behalf.

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/council-and-democ...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/09/1400.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner*s website
[4]http://www.ico.gov.uk/complaints/freedom...

Best regards

Caroline Dodge
Corporate Access to Information Coordinator, Chief Executive's Department
Kent County Council, Legal & Democratic Services, Room 1.94, Sessions
House, County Hall, Maidstone. ME14 1XQ.
Tel: 01622 221652 - Fax: 01622 694383
[5]http://www.kent.gov.uk/council-and-democ...

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