The draft policy was open for consultation for a month, closing in early March. It received one submission, which
Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante said the policy helps to protect people's right to privacy; clarifies that CCTV surveillance is operated by the Council, not the Police; and contributes towards community safety strategies. Under the policy, monitoring of the CCTV cameras is managed by Police. Recorded images will be stored securely, with access available only to authorised staff. The release of images will be Council's responsibility.
"All footage will be deleted after 30 days, unless needed for evidence," Ms Billante said.
"Having CCTV cameras in Ashburton encourages a safer environment for the community and also helps
to protect Council property."
The purpose of the CCTV system is to increase public safety, discourage crime, prevent public disorder, support the Police in evidence gathering, and protect Council assets and infrastructure.