The Borough Council should be using mobile CCTV equipment at flytipping hotspots say Council Independents, Our West Lancashire. “Councils across the country use CCTV to deter flytippers and to gather evidence to prosecute offenders. West Lancashire residents deserve the same service” said Blair Piggin, Scott ward spokesman for Our West Lancashire.
“My ward colleague, Councillor Jane Thompson is repeatedly reporting flytipping on one lane in our ward but it’s a problem across West Lancashire and the chances of getting caught are just not high enough. That’s why we need to do more.”
Our West Lancashire say they have received more complaints of flytipping in recent months, adding that the bans on depositing inert waste at the County Council waste sites at Burscough and Skelmersdale have not helped. Blair Piggin said “We’ve written to the Head of Waste at the county council and we would like to see inert waste being accepted again as it is in Sefton and other council areas. However, nothing justifies fly tipping. The cost to the Borough Council and private landowners in clear-ups is money that could instead be spent on something of benefit”.
The Scott ward community activist concluded “This is not about Big Brother. It’s about using mobile cameras in a targeted way in specific flytip hotspots. Just the warning signage and the knowledge that cameras are present will act as a deterrent. Anyone who continues and flytips in those circumstances will deserve the full force of the law to be applied”.
This is a no-brainer, isn’t it? We have regular changes of Tory and Labour majorities to run the council. But nothing changes. Independents should have a chance to change council policy into “You don’t tip rubbish, but if you do you will be recorded and convicted? And pay for removal of the rubbish!”. Meanwhile the head of waste at LCC is a waste of his wages all on his own