FOI Request for Cost and Number of CCTV Cameras

Andrew McGrath made this Freedom of Information request to Southend on Sea Borough Council

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Dear Southend on Sea Borough Council,

I am writing to obtain information about the amount your authority has spent on its CCTV network in the past four years. I also wish to find out how many mobile and fixed surveillance cameras are controlled by your authority.

To outline my query as clearly as possible, I am requesting:
1) The amount spent by your authority on the installation of public-facing CCTV cameras and the purchase or lease of recording equipment and premises in the financial years:

a) April 1st 2010 – March 31st 2011
b) April 1st 2009 – March 31st 2010
c) April 1st 2008 – March 31st 2009

If any of this spend was provided by a central Government grant or PFI, please make clear how much of the total cost was provided. I would like this information broken down into fixed and mobile camera devices.

2) The annual cost of your authority’s public-facing CCTV operation and maintenance in the financial years.

a) April 1st 2010 – March 31st 2011
b) April 1st 2009 – March 31st 2010
c) April 1st 2008 – March 31st 2009

I would like this information broken down into fixed and mobile camera devices.

3) The annual wage and salary cost of CCTV operators including pension liabilities to your authority in the financial years:

a) April 1st 2010 – March 31st 2011
b) April 1st 2009 – March 31st 2010
c) April 1st 2008 – March 31st 2009

4) The total number of cameras:

a.) controlled by your authority on 31st August 2011
b.) controlled by your authority, broken down into mobile and fixed devices, on 31st August 2011
c.) If it exists, a copy of any internal guidance on CCTV usage

If your authority’s public-facing CCTV operation is operated by either the local police or another council, or on behalf of another authority, please make this clear and provide any details of the annual cost of the lease or annual stipend paid to (or received from) these organisations for the operation of the CCTV network.

My preferred format to receive this information is electronically, but if that is not possible I will gladly accept hard copies. I understand that under the Freedom of Information Act, I am entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request as soon as possible.

Kind regards,
Andrew McGrath
Big Brother Watch
[email address]
0207 340 6042

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Debee Skinner, Southend on Sea Borough Council

 

 

Dear Mr McGarth

 

In response to your Freedom of information request number 00382, in which
you asked the following questions

 

I am writing to obtain information about the amount your authority has
spent on its CCTV network in the past four years. I also wish to find out
how many mobile and fixed surveillance cameras are controlled by your
authority. To outline my query as clearly as possible, I am requesting:

1.    The amount spent by your authority on the installation of
public-facing CCTV cameras and the purchase or lease of recording
equipment and premises in the financial years:

a)    April 1st 2010 ? March 31st 2011

b)    April 1st 2009 ? March 31st 2010

c)    April 1st 2008 ? March 31st 2009

2.    If any of this spend was provided by a central Government grant of
PFI, please make clear how much of the total cost was provided. I  would
like this information broken down into fixed and mobile camera devices.

3.       The annual cost of your authority’s public-facing CCTV operation
and maintenance in the financial years.

a)      April 1st 2010 ? March 31st 2011  

b)      April 1st 2009 ? March 31st 2010  

c)      April 1st 2008 ? March 31st 2009  

4.  I would like this information broken down into fixed and mobile camera
devices.

5.  The annual wage and salary cost of CCTV operators including pension
liabilities to your authority in the financial years:

a)      April 1st 2010 ? March 31st 2011

b)      April 1st 2009 ? March 31st 2010

c)      April 1st 2008 ? March 31st 2009

6.       The total number of cameras:

a)      controlled by your authority on 31st August 2011

b)      controlled by your authority, broken down into mobile and fixed
devices, on 31st August 2011

c)       If it exists, a copy of any internal guidance on CCTV usage

7.       If your authority’s public-facing CCTV operation is operated by
either the local police or another council, or on behalf of another
authority, please make this clear and provide any details of the  annual
cost of the lease or annual stipend paid to (or received from) these
organisations for the operation of the CCTV network.    

 

I can confirm that a search for the information has been completed.

 

1.  The amount spent by your authority on the installation of
public-facing CCTV cameras and the purchase or lease of recording
equipment and premises in the financial years:

a)      upgrade to Recording Equipment £228,166

b)      nil

c)      nil

2.  There was no funding provided by central government during this time

3.  The annual cost of your authority’s public-facing CCTV operation and
maintenance in the financial years.

a)      £555,633.12

b)      £593,803.12

c)      £578,584.70

4.  All fixed.

5.  The annual wage and salary cost of CCTV operators including pension
liabilities to your authority in the financial years:

a)      £390,551

b)      £418,390

c)      £399,717

6.  230 cameras plus 5 mobiles (although mobiles are currently under
review because of malfunctions)

7.  SBC CCTV is operated solely by SBC staff. We don’t operate on behalf
of another authority. Neither is our CCTV operated by another authority on
our behalf. This includes Police.    

 

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The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliff House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

 

Kind regards

Debee Skinner | Business Intelligence Officer | Performance and Business
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