Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) installs CCTV system to monitor contractors’ work

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Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has installed multiple CCTV cameras in order to check the activity of contractors working in Old Town High Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, following multiple reports from businesses owners that they had “no sense of urgency”.

Work to install the one-way system, run by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) for Dacorum Borough Council, started in June and was due to finish at the end of October. However, the disruption created by the ongoing works is expected to overrun by up to five weeks.

Businesses are demanding compensation for a drop in trade and said the overrun could force many of them out of business. Multiple shop owners claim that the project was poorly managed, and that many of the contractors spent most of their days just laying around, doing nothing.

A spokesman for the contractors said “unforeseen circumstances” meant it had to “alter its approach” to the work, which had an effect on time and cost.

Given this situation, council leaders decided to install CCTV cameras in a bid to “make sure the amount of work that is supposed to be carried out is being completed”. They also said that this was “not a covert operation” as all the workers were aware of the cameras, they were not manned on a live basis and it just meant the council could see if a complaint was valid.

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