Not at all discrete, I agree. as per the thread I began about Tour Coaches parking illegally in Tooley Street, I think it can be guaranteed that the cameras will not be used to monitor chauffeur driven vehicles sitting on Tooley Street beside More London Bridge.
Just received this email from Southwark this morning!
"This e-mail has been sent to help clarify the situation with the new camera gantry on Tooley Street, SE1.
This pilot will last for a minimum of 6 months, but has the possibility of being extended up to a maximum of 9 months.
The Tooley Street gantry currently has 2 types of equipment on (cameras and speakers), which are being tested to assess which is most suitable for future road charging. It is hoped that in 2 months time the type that is performing best will remain while the other will be removed.
So to recap; in two months time half of the equipment on the Tooley Street gantry will be removed, and the pilot will end, at the very latest, in 9 months time."
I walked by these cameras on Saturay morning. The appearance of this setup is quite grotesque and an absolute blot on the landcape. I personally do not wish to have boooms like this appearing throughout London just to control traffic!
Also please could someone explain what use the loudspeakers will have. The mind boogles!
Just seen the two threads about the cameras (and since one is right by City Hall I'll go and see for myself later).
I've emailed our contacts at TfL to see if we can get some info about what these things are for and how they managed to get erected with no consultation (see below). Will post again when we get a reply (please note that with TfL sometimes it takes minutes, sometimes it takes weeks).
Researcher for Val Shawcross
GLA Member for Lambeth & Southwark
The Greater London Authority
I'd just like to say 'thank you' for participating in the discussion. It is a good sign that democracy might be working after all, when people working for our elected representatives take part in the debate, rather than just lurking. Keep it up!