Alexandra Park CCTV Consultation
This consultation has now closed.
Following a bid with the Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (OSPCC) to the Home Office, the council has received £208,000 in funding through the Safer Streets project to help tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG). This funding will enable community safety improvements to be made in Alexandra Park, after concerns were raised by local residents.
The works aim to improve park users' feelings of comfort and security, by creating a route with increased visibility through Alexandra Park. Plans also include the introduction of Public Space CCTV.
The proposed system is for 14 cameras, covering key locations in the park, including the entrances and exits along the designated route.
The CCTV system aims to:
- deter and assist in the detection of crime and anti-social behaviour
- reduce the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour
- support criminal investigations
- improve the safety and security of visitors to the park, especially women and girls.
The cameras will provide high quality, day and night images and signage will be displayed throughout the park advising that there is CCTV in operation. In usual circumstances, images captured by this system will not be kept for longer than 30 days. On occasions there may be a need to keep images and footage for longer, for example where a crime is being investigated or when it may become relevant to an investigation. In these cases, images will be kept for a long as necessary (for example until any criminal proceedings regarding an incident have ended).
The cameras will be positioned to only view within the park boundaries and no houses will be within the potential Fields of View to allow nearby residents privacy.
CCTV coverage inside the park will be restricted to areas where people pass through as part of their movement through the park. The system will only be accessed by authorised operational staff. There will be no facial recognition software used in this CCTV system and no audio recording.
The system will comply with the 12 principles listed in the surveillance camera code of practice issued by the Home Office.
Map of Alexandra Park CCTV locations
14 cameras will be in place from the main entrance at Bethune Way to the exit opposite Ashford Road.
You can find out more about the planned improvements on our Alexandra Park VAWG page.
Share your views
As part of the Privacy Impact Assessment it is important to gain the views of Hastings' residents, visitors, businesses, and organisations to establish how you feel about the proposed CCTV.
This consultation closed on 8 April 2022.