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Stortford's Waitrose wants planning permission for camera to check shoppers' vehicles




Bishop's Stortford's Waitrose supermarket wants to install a number plate-checking camera in its car park.

The John Lewis Partnership has applied to East Herts Council for planning permission to install a 'spy in the sky' on an existing lighting column to monitor vehicles entering and leaving the car park at the end of Old River Lane.

A design and access statement submitted as part of the application says: "The overall site layout is retained as existing, with the introduction of one new ANPR [automatic number plate recognition] camera to the car park entrance and exit."

General Views in Bishops Stortford.Waitrose sign and car park .Pic: Vikki Lince. (22506924)
General Views in Bishops Stortford.Waitrose sign and car park .Pic: Vikki Lince. (22506924)

Currently, the car park is patrolled by wardens from Britannia Parking Group who issue £70 penalty notices to drivers who exceed the maximum stay of one hour and 30 minutes for customers who spend more than £10 in store.


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