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'CCTV should be used at flytipping hotspots'

'CCTV should be used at flytipping hotspots'

by Tom Martin (January 2021)

CCTV equipment should be used at flytipping hotspots across the borough, according to Our West Lancashire. 

Blair Piggin, Scott ward spokesman for Our West Lancashire, said: “Councils across the country use CCTV to deter flytippers and to gather evidence to prosecute offenders. West Lancashire residents deserve the same service.

“My ward colleague, Councillor Jane Thompson is repeatedly reporting flytipping on one lane in our ward but it’s a problem across West Lancashire and the chances of getting caught are just not high enough.  That’s why we need to do more.

“We’ve written to the Head of Waste at the county council and we would like to see inert waste being accepted again as it is in Sefton and other council areas.  However, nothing justifies fly tipping.  The cost to the borough council and private landowners in clear-ups is money that could instead be spent on something of benefit.

“This is not about Big Brother.  It’s about using mobile cameras in a targeted way in specific flytip hotspots.  Just the warning signage and the knowledge that cameras are present will act as a deterrent.  Anyone who continues and flytips in those circumstances will deserve the full force of the law to be applied.” 

A spokesperson for West Lancashire Borough Council said: “We take fly-tipping very seriously and we would ask residents to help us protect the environment by not fly-tipping waste. If waste is dumped we need to take our staff away from our essential services to clear it away.

“Following a review of the service by the Corporate and Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee last year, funding was agreed to purchase a variety of deterrents such as signage and undertake anti-littering campaigns in addition to considering other deterrents such as CCTV to be used in hotspot locations.  These options are already being progressed and funding has been allocated following the review completed last year.

“We would like to remind residents that fly-tipping is a criminal offence and we will endeavour to prosecute anyone caught doing this in the borough. The Council's Environmental Enforcement Team are active in the community tackling fly tipping and gathering evidence where possible to prosecute offenders.  CCTV will act as another useful tool to catch people in the act.

“If anyone sees waste fly-tipped anywhere in the borough please don't touch or disturb the site. Please report it online at www.westlancs.gov.uk/flytipping and tell us:

When and where you have seen itA brief description of the waste and whether or not it is hazardous, for example is there anything with a chemical symbol on it

“If anyone sees rubbish being dumped and can provide valuable information, please let us know:

How many people were involved and what they looked like The details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and registration number if possiblePhotographs of waste

“Residents are reminded that the Council provides a bulky household waste service that residents can use, for a competitive charge, to dispose of larger items of waste and that household waste recycling centres are available across the borough. More information can be found at https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/bulky”

 

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