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.