Amid the controversy surrounding
the spending of £600k. on CCTV that is not monitored except in a small way
(two screens) and only when someone decides there is an emergency, a BIB reader dug out
this map from the nether regions of the web.
It purports to show the locations of Bexley’s CCTV cameras, all 230 odd of them.
It is not fully up to date (2008) and none are shown in Bexley and Crayford. I know that Cabinet Member Craske planned to put some there, I went to his roadshow in 2011.
Seven cameras are shown on my own patch, Abbey Wood. My own survey suggests that four look at the car park and two look at the bus lane which is no longer there. Much the same seems to be the priority elsewhere too, The map suggests that Bexleyheath station car park is well covered too.
Only one Abbey Wood camera looks at a place where pedestrians might be found, the stairway leading from Gayton Road to the flyover. It has been commandeered by Network Rail for Crossrail works.
When it was supposedly in use it as often as not looked at the railway.
Bexley Council has not found the money to put cameras in Thamesmead town centre but there has been plenty to cover yellow box junctions.
If you wish to see the restoration of fully functional CCTV in Bexley there is a petition for you to sign. If you wish to make your mark even more effectively then put it against the Labour candidate on 3rd May.
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