A few readers have commented and asked questions about the footfall cameras that are installed in Dartmouth. Here are my responses to their questions
Paul, where are the footfall cameras located? Do they measure only people or vehicles also? Do they represent the town as a whole? For example if I drove from Stoke Flaming into Dartmouth, parked in Flavel Place and went to Market Square to shop, then visited the leisure centre, would I be counted in?
Paul, you know that I am not the sharpest knife in the box and there are some that consider me to be a few sandwiches short of a picnic,but these footfall cameras how do you ascertain whether the same people are being counted more than once if not more, though like many others I shop at the two big retail shops on the Townstal estate we were warned when the proposals were at the planning stage it would impact on the Town Center,and Week 35 I guess will show a decline in Regatta footfall numbers as the Air shows, Coronation Park Shopping Village and Thursday night firework displays were historically crowd pullers, but at the same time as explained many times and verified by Chairman Ed Botterill at the Regatta opening, the Regatta treasury is not a bottomless pit and tough financial decisions had to be made, I am certainly grateful that we have a team of volunteers willing to give their time up for others to enjoy there time, hopefully Regatta 2018 has not made a loss as it will impact on Regatta 2019.
Shame we dont have a footfall camera sited in the Old Market it may have been helpful to the Police with their investigations on finding the culprits that recently devastated the place with their criminal act, and yes as an elected member of Dartmouth Town Council I am fully supportive of CCTV in Dartmouth and the Market Place will I hope be on the list for coverage.