Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras could be installed to “police” car parking restrictions at the Spalding branch of Sainsbury’s.
Police use a similar system for surveillance of vehicles using Lincolnshire’s roads, making it easier to track vehicles linked to criminal activity or motoring offences.
We’re always looking for ways to make shopping easier for our customers and the electronic number plate recognition system will help customers have better access to available spaces, which is particularly useful at busy times.Sainsbury’s spokesman
Sainsbury’s has control of one part of the Holland Market parking area and the cameras will be confined to that section alone if South Holland District Council gives planning consent.
Holland Market and the nearby bus station are known trouble spots for anti-social driving, but a spokesman for the supermarket chain says the camera plan is there to benefit customers – by freeing up parking spaces – and police will still be responsible for tackling any problems there.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We’re always looking for ways to make shopping easier for our customers and the electronic number plate recognition system will help customers have better access to available spaces, which is particularly useful at busy times.”
There’s currently a two-hour waiting limit in the car park.
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd is also seeking planning consent for new signs that will tell customers ANPR is being used and highlight the waiting limit.
Information supplied to the council says: “The signage and cameras are necessary to provide safe car parking for users of the store and to inform customers of the car parking restrictions in place.
“The cameras have been designed to ensure they cannot be tampered with, and provide security to the site.”
The information says the cameras “are a small and unobtrusive addition to the car park” and will be angled towards the ground without overlooking neighbouring properties.