Councillor's anger over CCTV of bin lorry row
A COUNCILLOR was shocked to hear CCTV footage of a dispute with a bin lorry driver had been viewed without his knowledge.
The recycling lorry blocked Councillor Chris Witts' path for a few minutes near his Elmbridge home and after he took it up with the driver, he complained to the cabinet member responsible.
He was then told by an officer the incident had been recorded on CCTV.
"The lorry was ahead of me in the road," he said. "I wanted to move on. It moved up a length, and stopped again. I got out and said 'Do you like wasting my petrol?' and told him I didn't like what had happened.
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"I wrote to the council to ask what customer relations training the bin lorry staff have and they wrote back saying they were aware of the incident as it had been filmed.
"I appreciate why CCTV is on the lorries but using it like this is too much like big brother."
He raised the issue at a full council meeting.
"How much can be recorded on a recycling truck?" said the Liberal Democrat member for Elmbridge.
Councillor Kathy Williams, (C, Longlevens), cabinet member for environment, said: "It's for safety purposes and in the event of an insurance claim," she replied.
A city council spokeswoman said signs on the lorries tell those around them that CCTV is recording.