Police proposing CCTV for venues
NIGHTCLUBS would be required to film late night revellers under new requirements from Grampian Police.
In a document to be discussed by licensing bosses, the police say a CCTV camera at entrances must record “lip synched” audio – which would allow conversations to be monitored.
The Aberdeen City Licensing Board will consider the proposal, which also states the cameras must be in a properly lit area.
And it recommends further cameras cover queuing areas or busy parts of the premises.
The British Pub Association has raised fears the new requirements will be difficult to meet.
But the Grampian Police policy, which only covers bars and clubs open after 1am, makes clear the goal is to ensure public safety. A force spokesman said: “This is a process which is currently being rolled out across the Grampian force area and similar standards have already been adopted in Aberdeenshire and Moray.
“In Aberdeen city, these proposals are currently the subject of a formal consultation and are due to be considered Aberdeen City Licensing Board next week.
“Therefore it would be inappropriate for Grampian Police to pre-empt that process by commenting on the proposals publicly at this stage.”
In a letter to the board, the Scottish Beer and Pub Association boss said the policy on security cameras is “overly prescriptive and potentially very costly”.
Chief executive Patrick Browne said the Grampian Police policy requirements “may raise further issues relating to planning”.
And he said: “Our legal advisers have suggested there may be aspects of the proposed Grampian Police specification which may raise issues of legality in complying with the Information Commissioner’s guidelines on these matters.”
And Mr Browne concluded: “Our members are committed to ensuring effective compliance with the 2005 Act and its associated regulations, and to promote the responsible sale of alcohol.
“They are committed to helping to make Aberdeen a safe and enjoyable place to visit and socialise in. However, we believe much of the detail of the proposed specification is unnecessary.”
Mr Browne called for fresh consultation with pub and club managers about the adoption of the CCTV policy.