CCTV crack­down on the fly-tip­pers

Ac­tion af­ter clean-up bill nears £900k

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Staff Reporter

Coun­cil chiefs are get­ting tough on fly­tip­pers af­ter it was re­vealed the an­nual bill to clean up af­ter them weighs in at al­most £900,000.

New CCTV cam­eras are be­ing de­ployed across North La­nark­shire in a bid to iden­tify the men­aces who are caus­ing a hazard in com­mu­ni­ties.

The de­vices will be used at ar­eas where fly-tip­ping is al­ready a prob­lem, and £115,000 is be­ing spent on the fixed and mo­bile cam­eras.

Heavy fines, and even a stretch in prison, are some of the pun­ish­ments avail­able for se­ri­ous of­fences.

And bar­ri­ers will also be placed at some sites to pre­vent ve­hi­cles get­ting ac­cess.

“There is sim­ply no ex­cuse for fly tip­ping; it’s a crime, it cre­ates a mess in our com­mu­ni­ties and it can cause health and en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems,” ex­plains Coun­cil­lor Michael Mc­pake, Con­vener of the In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee.

“Ev­ery year the coun­cil has to spend al­most £900,000 to clean up fly tip­ping from our land and lo­cal streets.

“That is a waste of pub­lic money, which could be spent on lo­cal ser­vices and im­prov­ing North La­nark­shire.

“I want to re­as­sure res­i­dents that we take fly-tip­ping very se­ri­ously, and we will in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute any­one caught dump­ing rub­bish il­le­gally.

“In some cases, it is peo­ple who can’t be both­ered to take their rub­bish to a re­cy­cling cen­tre or book a spe­cial up­lift; in oth­ers, it’s busi­nesses claim­ing to dis­pose of house­hold rub­bish for a fee but who ac­tu­ally just dump it.”

Any­one caught fly-tip­ping do­mes­tic waste faces a Fixed Penalty No­tice of £200, and for se­ri­ous of­fences this in­creases to £40,000 and/or two years in prison.

The coun­cil will also place large con­crete bar­ri­ers on sites it owns to pre­vent ve­hi­cles gain­ing ac­cess to dump ma­te­ri­als il­le­gally, while new signs at key lo­ca­tions will high­light the penal­ties.

Coun­cil­lor Mc­pake added: “Who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for fly tip­ping, we will take ac­tion against them.

“We’re ask­ing res­i­dents to help by re­port­ing any in­ci­dents of fly tip­ping, giv­ing as many de­tails of the peo­ple and ve­hi­cles in­volved, and we will pur­sue them.

“North La­nark­shire is a great place to live and work, and we want to keep it clean and safe for ev­ery­one.”

Res­i­dents can dis­pose of house­hold rub­bish at one of the coun­cil’s house­hold waste re­cy­cling cen­tres or by book­ing a spe­cial up­lift.

Each house­hold is en­ti­tled to three free up­lifts each year.

To re­port fly-tip­ping or book a spe­cial up­lift, call North­line on 01698 403100 or go to the coun­cil’s web site at www. north­la­nark­

The coun­cil says that their of­fi­cers are aware of ad­verts ap­pear­ing on so­cial me­dia of­fer­ing to dis­pose of waste for a fee.

Their ad­vice is that th­ese are of­ten un­reg­is­tered com­pa­nies who then dump the ma­te­rial il­le­gally, and the rec­om­men­da­tion is not to use th­ese ser­vices.

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