Cotswold CCTV Rejected
Proposals to install CCTV to catch Cotsworld flytippers have been rejected.
01:54 05 November 2021
Proposals to buy and install CCTV cameras to catch flytippers in the Cotswolds have been rejected by civic leaders due to funding and potential legal issues.
Earlier this year, Cotsworld District Council received proposals to install CCTV cameras in the area to aid in their efforts in catching and fining the perpetrators.
On November 1, council leaders said they will not purchase and approve the installation of the recording devices because of costs which include the purchase of the equipment, maintenance, signage and operation. They have also raised potential legal issues.
Environment, waste and recycling cabinet member Andrew Doherty (Lib Dem, Fairford North) said: “The primary problem is that there isn’t an obvious location in which we can put the cameras where they are guaranteed to be effective and actually pick up any evidence of flytipping that is repetitive,” he said.
“There’s some significant legal considerations in terms of the ways the mechanics work with covert and overt camera usage.
“The public, if it’s not them being watched, tend to be quite keen on covert cameras but they are heavily regulated in terms of what you need to do with those.”