CCTV cameras to target fly-tipping hotspots in Tameside

TAMESIDE Council is hoping the installation of mobile CCTV cameras in ‘hotspot areas’ of the borough will help to deter fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour.

The local authority says a list will be regularly updated to determine where enforcement activity should be focussed, and the easy-to-install deployable cameras will be moved to new locations to ‘meet changing requirements’.

Council enforcement officers will use the cameras to target the hotspot areas, while the footage will be utilised to support investigations following incidents.

Tameside Council is hoping the installation of mobile CCTV cameras in ‘hotspot areas’ of the borough will help to deter fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour.

The council says signs will be in place at all locations prior to cameras being installed, with the trial due to start in April.

With the cameras having already been successfully piloted by neighbouring authorities in Greater Manchester, it has been welcomed by members of Tameside Council’s Enforcement Panel at its latest meeting.

“There is no excuse for fly-tipping,” a council spokesperson said. “It is a criminal offence which blights communities, brings neighbourhoods down, poses a risk to public health and the environment and drains the public purse in clean-up costs.

“We will always take enforcement action where we find evidence of those responsible and have already this year issued 133 fixed penalty notices for waste offences as well as successfully carried out four prosecutions.

“We have a number of strategies already in place to tackle waste offences and have officers out every day investigating fly-tipping as well as regular days of enforcement action. The CCTV cameras should hugely support this work in both deterring and catching offenders, as they have elsewhere.”

The council is reminding residents of their legal duty of care to ensure waste is disposed of responsibly.

Details of registered waste carriers can be found on the Environment Agency public register.

The council website at www.tameside.gov.uk/flytipping has details of how to report fly-tipping and information which may support investigations.

One Reply to “CCTV cameras to target fly-tipping hotspots in Tameside”

  1. Yeah, good idea in theory but I saw one of these cameras, it was fastened just over head height, easily reachable by hand. I’d wager it gets smashed off before a week goes by. They should have put it higher. Plus all they’ll get is a picture of ballyied up geezers in a transit van with fake plates dumping stuff but won’t actually know who so we go round in circles with ‘do you recognise these people etc.

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