ECDC CCTV Cameras in Ely

East Cambridgeshire District Council owns and maintains Fixed Position record only CCTV Cameras at the following locations:

LocationNumber of Cameras
Angel Drove Car Park9 cameras

All these cameras are record only and are not live monitored.  Data is retrieved from a data storage cabinet for any given camera by a Town Centres Supervisor on request by Police or a member of the Public. See CCTV Operation and How to request CCTV footage below.

Other CCTV Cameras in the District

Ely and Soham CCTV covers the City Centre of Ely and the Town Centre of Soham. In addition it also covers the public car parks in both areas, the recreation areas in St Johns Road, Ely; Fountain Lane, Soham and also Ely Market Square.  There are a total of 28 cameras in Ely and 7 in Soham.

The control room is located at Ely Police Station where all the cameras are recorded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with cameras monitored at peak periods by volunteers.  For details of these CCTV cameras and their operation please visit the City of Ely Council website: City of Ely Council

Aims of District Council CCTV

The aim of any District Council CCTV camera is to monitor Council car parks and walkways for community safety purposes; including prevention and detection of vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour.

CCTV Operation

CCTV cameras owned by East Cambridgeshire District Council are operated within a strict Code of Practice and the viewing of private areas is strictly prohibited within this code. Part of this code also requires that CCTV signs are displayed in areas covered by the cameras.

For More information concerning the District Council CCTV scheme and its operation, please contact the Town Centres Team. Telephone; 01353 665555 or e-mail customerservices@eastcambs.gov.uk.

How to Request CCTV Footage

Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018, individuals have a right to see CCTV images if they are the subject. This is called a Data Subject Access Request.  To make a request, please see the section 'Your right to access  your information' in our Privacy Notice.  Please be aware that the CCTV images are only retained for a maximum time period of 14 days.

You must provide sufficient and accurate information about the time, date and place to enable the data controller to locate the information. It is recognised that you may be unlikely to know the precise time. Under those circumstances, it is suggested that within one hour of accuracy would be a reasonable requirement.

It is important that the Council does not compromise anyone else’s privacy, so you will only be able to view CCTV footage that does not contain images of third parties or images that would enable you to identify other people (e.g. car registration details). Images of other subjects would need to be edited or blanked out to make sure no one else can be identified. This process is costly, and one which the Council has the right to refuse to undertake if the costs are disproportionate. Alternatively, the costs may be passed on to the person who has made the request.

East Cambridgeshire District Council is entitled to, and will, deny access to information in certain cases under the Data Protection Act, specifically where the information may be held for:

  • The prevention and detection of crime
  • The apprehension and prosecution of offenders, and
  • Where giving you the evidence may prejudice either of these purposes.

Any authorised viewing of the CCTV data will take place by a Town Centres Supervisor or Team Leader.  The recording will only be made available to the person’s insurance company who made the request.

You are also entitled to have a copy of the recording if it will not become part of a live criminal investigation, civil proceedings or a complaint.

If you have any questions please contact Data Protection at the district council, dataprotection@eastcambs.gov.uk

The council has completed its self assessment against the standards offered by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner. The self assessment is available to view and shows some commitments about how we plan to improve the service.