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Number plate recognition cameras set to be installed at Newbury supermarket

Sainsbury's aiming to enforce two-hour maximum-stay

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

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SHOPPERS who take advantage of the free parking at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Newbury may soon be forced to park elsewhere, as plans for number plate recognition cameras are in the pipeline.

The supermarket has submitted plans to install a fixed camera at the Kings Road entrance to record vehicles entering the car park, which, according to the application, will ensure it is not used by those not using the store.

The pole-mounted camera will also make sure visitors comply with the maximum two-hour parking time.

The plans received backing from members of Newbury Town Council planning committee on Monday night.

Speaking at the meeting Kuldip Singh Kang (Con, Falkland) said: “I think it’s quite fair. It stops people taking advantage of the car park and limits loss to West Berkshire Council as people are not using their car parks.”

Concerns had been raised by some residents over how information may be handled by third party companies.

Dave Goff (Con, Clay Hill) said: “The Sainsbury’s garage already has a number plate recognition camera. It’s not really a planning matter anyway, it’s more of a DPA issue.”

The council voted unanimously not to object to the plans.

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  • Blizzard

    12/10/2016 - 23:11

    Shop on line for what you need. Then stay at home for lunch, and don't bother with special offers, Blu Rays, impulse buys and general browsing. Park there if nipping to the post office only.

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  • annoyed

    12/10/2016 - 21:09

    This is already happening! I have received a parking charge for £70 for spending 2 hours & 41 mins in the store on 28th September. Shopping in clothing, household and doing a full grocery shop then having lunch. I did not leave the store in that time. I have appealed but If this charge is upheld then that will be my last shop in Newbury Sainsburys! so yes the store will miss out!

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  • Gazzo

    12/10/2016 - 13:01

    Is 2 hours long enough? Shopping and Lunch I don't think, it will be one or the other. Their restaurant or shop will lose out.

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  • grumpy

    12/10/2016 - 11:11

    The camera is already there. The reason people don't want to use West Berkshire Council car parks is because its a rip off, and the places are too small.

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