I submitted the following questions at Full Council last night – Here are the responses.
Follow up after Full Council – 31/01/2020
From: Cllr Selina Seesunkur
Sent: 31 January 2020 09:55
To: Cllr Ahsan Khan
Cc: Cllr Kay Isa
Further to my questions and feedback yesterday I am writing to reiterate a few points ….
I would like to start by commending the Police and Council Officers for all their hard work in keeping the borough safe. Whilst I appreciate there is CCTV on both High Streets neither provision is adequate. The cameras on the Mount face in a single direction and do not cover the entirety of Old Church Road or Hall Lane. Similarly, I am told the cameras in North Chingford cover the station and the opposite end, the junction of Kings Road, with nothing in between.
Since the incident in July (where a number of shops in South Chingford had windows smashed in one single night), businesses are feeling vulnerable, coupled with the numerous reports of shoplifting businesses have indeed asked me “what exactly they are getting in terms of support from the Council”, especially as business rates are so high and have not been reviewed for decades.
The same can be said for Station Road, where Love North Chingford (LNC- XXXX) submitted a business case in 2018 which was declined as a result of budget constraints, however, chatter has since picked up on Facebook following on from a recent incident. Having read this business case it is clear CCTV provision is not adequate, in fact, it is non-existing in between the Station and Kings Road, which happens to be the core high street area. With reports of drug deals taking place behind the driving school, opposite the Station, I am surprised you have not felt the need to address this, especially as their business case was developed in conjunction with the police.
I note in your reply to me that the Head of ASB will be reviewing CCTV, thank you for this and I am really pleased that the Borough is investing in much needed 360 degree cameras, however further to my requests last night could I also ask that the LNC business case is revisited and businesses like The Mount Pub, Marthas, Gossip Nails, and other establishments prone to crime in South Chingford, are reasonably covered.
My requests from last night
– All CCTV is fully functional 24/7
– Locations are fit for purpose with the correct reach
– Cameras adequate pick up incidents as they occur (in essence 360d cameras).
Cllr Selina Seesunkur
London Borough of Waltham Forest
Sent: Friday, January 31, 2020 1:32:43 PM
To: Cllr Selina Seesunkur
Cc: Cllr Kay Isa
Subject: Re: CCTV
Personal information has been removed due to data protection – Note stakeholders from both South and North Chingford were cc’d in the follow-up correspondence.