Ashworth Valley CCTV
CCTV has been installed
12:22 29 October 2020
CCTV cameras have been installed in Ashworth Valley by The Friends of Ashworth Valley. The scheme, which also involves installing matching signage, aims to resolve ongoing problems with fly-tippers, an issue that has been going on for years.
A spokesperson for The Friends of Ashworth Valley said: “Many mobile cameras will be targeting certain areas throughout the valley, in an attempt to catch these criminals in the act.
“The security cameras are a joint venture with Rochdale Borough Council, where any footage caught is under the ownership of the council, whilst The Friends will make sure the cameras are maintained and monitored. Thank you to everyone who donated.”
Figures released by BBC Shared Data Unit showed that Rochdale had one of the highest rates of major fly-tipping incidents in the country last year. Items that had to be removed from sites included jars of peanut butter, hundreds of tyres, car bumper and headlights and typical household rubbish and rubble.
The local council spent £576,047 in clearing 5,218 incidents.
Local authorities and the Environment Agency are now able to issue on-the-spot fines to fly-tippers and to stop, search and seize vehicles suspected of being used for fly-tipping. They are also able to issue penalties of up to £400 to householders who do not pass their waste to a licensed carrier and whose waste is then found fly-tipped.