Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Crossing cameras on Thames Path ‘unlawfully’

SURVEILLANCE cameras installed at Shiplake level crossing could have been put up without planning permission.

Malcolm Leonard, who lives in the village and is a South Oxfordshire district councillor, made the claim this week after complaints by residents about the two orange devices installed by Network Rail.

As the Henley Standard reported last week, more than 200 people have signed a petition calling on the cameras to be reduced in size or removed altogether. Councillor Leonard told a meeting of Shiplake Parish Council on Monday that a waste disposal truck was unable to make a collection in Lashbrook Road because one of the cameras was in the way.

He said that he suspected one camera has been sited on the Thames Path without consent, adding: “I have got a planning enforcement team involved. They are coming to inspect everything. If there is a planning breach we can ask for the cameras to be taken away. A camera on Network Rail’s land we can’t do very much about but one on the Thames Path, preventing waste disposal vehicles and fire engines getting down there, we can.”

David Bartholomew, who also lives in Shiplake and represents the village on Oxfordshire County Council, said he had contacted Network Rail about the cameras, which he called “ugly, obtrusive and not conducive to a rural environment”.

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