Sunderland Aquatic Centre explains changing room CCTV cameras after Facebook post

The boss of Sunderland’s landmark leisure centre has made moves to calm customers over its changing room CCTV system.

Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 06:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 17:32 pm
Sunderland Aquatic Centre has issued a statement following concerns about CCTV use in its pool changing rooms.

Sunderland Aquatic Centre has issued the reassurances following a social media post which raised concerns about the use of the camera, asking if they were legal.

Northumbria Police officers called into the centre to carry out a check on the back of the concerns and has given its support to the venue.

The CCTV cameras can be seen attached to the ceiling of the mixed changing room in the avenues between the cubicles.

Sunderland Aquatic Centre opened just over a decade ago.

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Steve Dougal, general manager at Everyone Active, said: “We are aware of the comments circulating about the security cameras in the Sunderland Aquatic Centre changing areas.

“Northumbria Police visited the centre earlier this week and confirmed the cameras follow data protection legislation, and only record public areas such as the main wet change entrance doors and lockers for security reasons.

“They do not face private changing cubicles.

“The cameras have been in place since we opened in 2008 and there is a notice in the reception area to inform customers that they are in operation.

“Recordings can only be viewed within the secured office by a member of staff.

“We would like to reassure our customers that Sunderland Aquatic Centre offers a safe environment for everyone.”