I've written before about how obtrusive CCTV poles can be, dominating and worsening our urban environment. The most recent Hounslow Chronicle features complaints from a local councillor about their new CCTV installations:
Councillor Andrew Dakers believes they are "ugly" and "visually intrusive" and there should be another way found of installing the Community Safety Cameras.
"These are really chunky black poles and I don't know why they chose to use them instead of just putting the cameras on top of buildings."
They're obviously a talking point for people in the area, as the newspaper refers to the "mysterious black poles that have popped up along Hounslow High Street.." and their readership must be presumed to know what they mean.
Do you live or work in Hounslow? Have you seen these things? Might you be able to tell us what you think, or, even better, take a picture and send it in to us?
I should also point out that Hounslow is the same authority which has installed talking CCTV, buying themselves an intrusive tool at a cost of £1.8 million.
Perhaps, as other residents have done, given the cost and the unsightliness, the good people of Hounslow might wish to revisit the whole question of having more CCTV in the first place.
By Alex Deane