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."
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.