Chalkley about to lose another £15 million of tax payers money

Bungling Cllr Danny Chalkley is set to be forced to switch off all of Westminster City Council mobile CCTV cameras at midnight on the 31st (tomorrow night). The newly purchased CCTV cameras which have cost the tax payer £15 million are of too low a resolution (704 x 576 pixels) to meet the DfT’s traffic Management act, which comes into force on April 1st. The new mobile traffic enforcement cameras should have been capable of a 720 x 576 pixel resolution, which any video amateur could have told old knobcheese was the normal broadcast standard in the UK.

The mobile CCTV network represents about a third of all Westminster City Council’s CCTV coverage.

Cllr Danny Chalkley, cabinet member for environment and transport, said , “The DfT’s position is ludicrous and stuck in the dark ages.

“This could result in millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money being needed to replace the current cameras, all because of a tiny difference in image resolution on the TV screen.”


Why is this Councillor still in office, he cannot go on throwing more and more tax payers money away, can he?

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TARzanMarch 30th, 2009 at 10:25 am

What a tosser… It’s just another case of some up his own arse councillor thinking they know best.

Sadly, Westminster Councils residents are going to ghave to foot the bill and because there is a council tax freeze on, means they are going to lose some more services or maybe Westminster Council’s employees will bear more of the brunt? Why not sack Chalkley and save a few bob?

I hate to say it, but the Tory prime council of Westminster is starting to look decidedly dodgy and it will rub off on Tory Central Office. Someone needs to get in there and sort this shambles out.

BenMarch 30th, 2009 at 11:07 am

How embarrassing! What a waste of tax payers money.

Maybe something good can come of this… now that Westminster council won’t legally be able to use their mobile CCTV cameras to fine people, maybe they could try using them to protect the community instead? Just a thought. Chalkey will probably think it’s a crazy idea as I imagine to him, CCTV = ££££££’s. I have read so many stories about people being mugged, attacked, burgled etc. and despite CCTV cameras in the vicinity, they didn’t catch the crime because they were too busy being used to fine motorists. I have heard Westminster defending using CCTV cameras to issue fines by saying that people want CCTV. I bet the people that want CCTV, want it because they think it will be used to to detect crime, not make money.

Jimmy-JMarch 30th, 2009 at 11:26 am

I still can’t belive this guy is being supported by the council.

If I made a gaff like this in work and cost the company this sort of money I would expect to be shown the door, but as its taxpayers money then its almost viewed as ‘free money’ by these councillors instead of money that we all work damned hard for, especially in the current economic climate.

This guy should be sacked instantly, issued with a job seekers allowance and left to see what it’s like to live in the real world.

Julian BondMarch 30th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

The supplier must be rubbing their hands all the way to the bank. They’ve managed to off load £15m worth of sub-standard kit and will get the replacement order as well.

Which raises the question. What exactly is the relationship between Verrus and WCC? Because some times it looks like WCC are acting as unpaid[1] salesmen for Verrus via the Partners in Parking board. The one with Danny Chalkley on it representing Wstminster.

[1]You might think that there’s the odd bung or lunch involved. I couldn’t possibly comment.

David BoothroydMarch 30th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

The odd thing is that Westminster would have known in August 2007 that the minimum requirements for cameras was a 720 x 576 resolution, because it was included in the Department for Transport’s consultation which was sent to every council in Britain:

So I don’t know why they should suddenly discover it a week before the new regs come in.

TARzanMarch 30th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I’m even more shocked now David! It looks like they are trying to offset their own ignorance and ineptitude by blaming the DfT for not being ‘flexible’ enough.


David HMarch 30th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Its interesting that as recently as February this year, they were warned that traffic cameras did not meet DoT guidlines. I wonder if they are going to be replaced as well?

Still, better resolution cameras will no doubt be welcomed by some council operators… !!!

scrapparkingtaxMarch 30th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

What a bloody incompetent man! How come he is still in this council. This is another example of the Conservative Party being totally unable to manage anything.

Jimmy-JApril 2nd, 2009 at 11:59 am

I think Julian’s right concerning the relationship between Verrus and WCC.
A bung in someones back pocket seems to be the way these people work.
Looks like we have a new Alan B’stard in the form of a certain Councillor.

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