Mobile CCTV to combat fly-tipping at key ‘hotspots’

Mobile CCTV to combat fly-tipping at key ‘hotspots’

by Henry James (November 2021)

MOBILE CCTV cameras will be rolled out at the borough’s fly-tipping hotspots to deal with ‘large-scale’ incidents.

West Lancashire Borough Council say clearing up the mess is putting additional pressures on its budget.

The CCTV system is seen as a way to effectively cut costs by reducing fly-tipping incidents, as well as allowing enforcement action to be taken where appropriate.

Councillor Gareth Dowling, cabinet member for communities and community safety, said: “The council is committed to making West Lancashire a safer and cleaner place and that’s why we have invested in mobile CCTV cameras to catch people who fly-tip and in staff to take people to court who think they can get away with illegally dumping rubbish across our borough.”

The cameras will be deployed at fly-tipping hot spots across the borough and is, say council chiefs, a “significant investment” in keeping the borough clean while offering value for money for residents.

Councillor Kevin Wilkie, cabinet member for environmental services added: “Our investment has also included a range of measures including new mechanical sweepers, additional apprentices and funding for more litter bins. We live in a very beautiful borough and the council are determined to keep it that way.”

The mobile CCTV cameras will be deployed very soon in problem areas. To report an incident of fly tipping to the council, use the self-service online portal on their website.

The Champion reported earlier this year how Lancashire farmers and landowners spoke out about how they are fed up with dealing with the aftermath of fly-tipping in the countryside.

They said a concerted campaign is needed to educate householders not to use illegal waste carriers to dump their rubbish and for more prosecutions to act as a stronger deterrent.

The Country Land and Business Association Limited (CLA) which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, warned that ‘fly-tipping is not a victimless crime’.

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