Northampton CCTV to Catch Fly-tippers
Northampton Council to buy more CCTV cameras to catch more fly-tippers.
14:01 10 November 2019
The trial of a new CCTV camera in catching fly-tippers in Northampton has proved to be successful. The success has prompted Northampton Borough Council to invest more in the technology in a bid to catch and prosecute offenders.
The move follows more than 5,000 reported incidents of fly-tips between April and June this year. The council has previously admitted that fly-tipping continues to be a problem and costs taxpayers more than £750,000 annually.
Councillor Mike Hallam said: “At the scrutiny meeting held on September 30, I was able to brief scrutiny on the trial of a new CCTV camera that we have been trialling in the borough.
“The camera has a long battery life so it does not need to be wired into main electricity and whilst the location it is deployed here has clear signage saying CCTV is used to capture potential fly-tipping offenders – the camera itself cannot be seen.”
“Following an analysis of the trial, we have now moved into purchasing extra cameras with funding coming from our contractor Veolia. We will be updating our policy and procedure to ensure compliance with current legal requirements, offenders caught will now be prosecuted and we are looking at potential other locations within the borough to extend the use of this type of technology in tackling fly-tipping.”