Close circuit television (CCTV) is designed to deter and detect acts of crime.

Newark and Sherwood District Council owns and operates a CCTV system within the district that has been running 24 hours a day, every day of the year since October 1999.

Our cameras have been strategically placed in a carefully planned network, designed to deter and detect acts of crime and disorder and help with community safety. All cameras are subject to regular reviews to make sure that they still meet the purpose for which they were originally installed.

CCTV is a 24-hour continual presence protecting communities. Benefits include:

  • better targeting and use of police resources
  • cameras deter criminal activity and disorder
  • greater detection of incidents and identification of criminals
  • quality evidence - a fearless and accurate witness
  • prevention of incidents before they begin
  • instant assistance with accidents/people taken ill
  • greater chance of finding missing persons quickly
  • decreased fear of crime in areas covered by CCTV

Shared CCTV service in Ashfield and Broxtowe

In addition to this, through a shared service agreement (PDF File, 271kb) Ashfield District Council and Broxtowe Borough Council cameras are also monitored, maintained and managed by the Newark control room.

Find out more details about CCTV in Ashfield on the district council’s website.

Find out more about CCTV in Broxtowe on the borough council’s website.

CCTV control room

The CCTV control room is continuously staffed by two Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed operators, who monitor the approximately 90 public space cameras along with in the region of 70 additional cameras throughout the district. These operators work closely with the police control rooms, helping policing in our area.

Visits to the control room by organised, official groups can be arranged. Contact us for more information.

Links with Nottinghamshire Police

The control room has direct links with Nottinghamshire Police via dedicated police radios and a direct telephone link. We can also transmit images directly to the police control room, so that they can monitor live incidents.

Links with local businesses

The control room is in contact with more than 40 local businesses via a radio link system which enables retailers, including pubs and clubs, the control room and other organisations in Newark town centre to speak to each other, immediately.

Registration of CCTV cameras

Organisations that process and collect CCTV images are legally required to register their premises with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Most organisations and businesses will need to pay an annual notification fee of £35 and provide details about the types of personal information they process. The ICO has produced an online self assessment tool to help businesses determine whether they need to notify.

Find out more about the notification process on the ICO website.

Domestic CCTV

The ICO issued revised guidance on domestic CCTV in May 2015.

If someone’s domestic CCTV overlooks a boundary onto a road, path or neighbouring property then that person needs to be registered as a data controller with the ICO.  

CCTV data protection and security

CCTV is provided for the benefit of the community - to deter and detect acts of crime and disorder. 

Newark and Sherwood District Council's CCTV system is run in accordance with data protection and human rights legislation and never to the detriment of any individual.

All activities and incidents covered within the control room are logged. Access to the control room is restricted and regular visits and inspections of are made by an independent inspector.

To advertise and warn people of CCTV, all areas with cameras have signs including a contact number in case of complaint or query.

To ensure that no camera can see into a private property, an automatic privacy zone blanks out the images within the windows.

CCTV code of practice

All CCTV systems should comply with the 12 guiding principles of the surveillance camera code of practice outlined by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner. 

Our compliance with these principles is outlined in our CCTV self assessment tool (PDF File, 243kb).

Request CCTV footage

You can request images of you which have been recorded by the council's CCTV camera system. However any requests must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.  

Make a request by downloading, completing and returning our CCTV footage request form (PDF File, 699kb)

If we can meet your request there will be a charge to view the footage.  There may be additional charges if we have to obscure images of other people in the film, or for any media supplied such as DVDs.

If you, your car or property have been involved in an incident and you believe this may have been caught on the council's CCTV cameras, you should first report the incident to the police who will investigate the matter. 

You, your insurance company or lawyer can request to access the images using the form on this page if it is in connection with an investigation or court case, however charges will still apply.  We will need specific details from you, such as the date, time and location of the incident as well as a photograph of you, to help us find the images. The photograph will help us to identify you in the footage.

We cannot provide any footage which is part of an ongoing police investigation. In this case you or your representative would need to contact the police officer dealing with the case for authorisation prior to making the request.