Are CCTV spy cars the nice little earner for councils the jolly salesman at Parkex said they would be?

You have to wonder if it’s really worth councils using CCTV spy cars to bring in extra cash these days, as more and more councils found themselves having their accounts and contracts put under excruciatingly ball shrivelling examination last year.

Southend Council is the latest council to feel the pain, as the following article from the local Evening Echo reveals. The pain is being applied from a mystery group of objectors. Perhaps they don’t like councils who arrogantly try to justify their use of CCTV spy cars to the taxpaying public for their safety, and nothing whatsoever to do with raising revenue for cash greedy inefficient councils.

Now who could this un-named group of objectors be, and do you think Southend Council patronisingly refer to them as ‘customers’?

Perhaps not.

No, not when you see in the eyes of a petty council functionary the penny slowly dropping as it dawns on him he’s been found out by someone who knows his job better than his own inflated ego has led him to believe all these years, as we have witnessed at some unnamed councils.


Spy car row delays councils accounts


An opponent of Southend’s spy cars is blocking council chiefs from signing off their annual accounts.


The unarmed objector has sparked disruption at the Civic Centre by questioning the way Southend Council has categorised its income from the vehicles.


The two CCTV equipped cars have been a controversial addition to the borough since their introduction in July 2011.

The income from the vehicles was published for the first time in the council’s 2011/12 accounts.


The financial statements were due to be signed off by the authority and its auditor, PFK, this month.


However, under British law, taxpayers have the right to challenge the way a council has compiled its accounts if they feel they are wrong.


It is not clear exactly what the objection is, but Zulfiqar Ali, the council’s strategic highways and traffic manager said he was trying to resolve it.


He added: “We have been liaising closely with those who raised issues about CCTV and related matters.


“We have met with them to clarify the situation, and have provided the requested information, so we are hopeful that this matter will shortly be resolved successfully”.







A related story from the BBC of a woman caught for just 8 seconds by CCTV facing a bill of over £600, and the hunt for the missing wheel clamp:


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Joe KingJanuary 9th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Do you know I reckon that some long haired bugger has a finger in this.

nivnivJanuary 10th, 2013 at 12:14 am

Now that these cars have been advertised across the nation to all the Councils, how long will it take before we see 1000′s of them secretly filming and entrapping us unaware up and down the land.
Its not fair, its immoral, its unjust, its wrong………………… it should be illegal.

Tiny little cars with blacked out telescopic camera poles on their roofs and tiny little CCTV stickers on their Boots hahahahahahaah, smells like covert conspiracy to me.

Keep up the great work lads, the people need to know about this dispute of civil rights.

LogJanuary 11th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

So basically all the councils of England who use CCTV cars to enforce parking and other contraventions should only do so if the same job, ie, ticket issuance, cannot be done by a civil enforcement officer on foot and any revenue so acquired could be deemed to be improper and therefore not legal income for the council, so the civillian accounts inspector at the yearly open book inspection could object to the income as being somehow immorally acquired?
Wouldnt it be great if ALL cctv income could be considered this way?
Whatever next !.

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