MP Helen Jones today expressed her outrage that CCTV cameras were installed overnight in the villages of Croft and Culcheth without any consultation with residents or local councillors.
The Warrington North MP was contacted by residents after the cameras appeared overnight without any consultation or explanation.
Following her intervention the cameras have been removed.
Ms Jones said: “After contacting the council I learnt that the cameras were put up by a company called Streetwise on behalf of another company called I-Transport who were acting for Peel Holdings.
“ It makes one wonder why Peel Holdings are targeting this area and which green spaces they want to build on next. The cameras were apparently for a traffic survey which, as it was being done in half-term, would not have revealed the real volume of traffic in the area.
“I was very concerned about who was collecting this data and why. There were also issues of privacy and data protection involved. People did not know who was collecting information or how it would be used.”
The MP said the cameras hade now been taken down and the council had conceded that they should not have been put up without consultation.
She added: “This should never have been allowed to happen. It’s yet another example of council officers bending over backwards for developers and ignoring the rights of residents.”
Pictured: The Horseshoe Inn in the centre of Croft village