Dewsbury councillor calls for mobile CCTV system to tackle fly tipping

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A mobile CCTV system could be brought in to tackle fly-tipping in Kirklees.

The council has revealed that it is investigating how to deal with people that illegally dump waste in the borough.

And despite municipal tips being closed as part of the coronavirus lockdown a senior councillor said there had not been any overall increase in fly tipping during the health emergency.

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Responding to a call for covert camera surveillance of hotspots in parts of Dewsbury Councillor Naheed Mather said the council had seen “localised impact” in already known locations.

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She said: “In the three-week period between March 24 and April 13 when [recycling] sites were closed there were fewer reports of fly-tipping than in the same three-week period during 2019.

“We continue to take fly-tipping very seriously and have handed out 25 penalty notices in the last few weeks alone.”

She added that the council is working to secure a suitable mobile CCTV system to monitor hotspot locations.

That is expected to be trialled later in the year.

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There were fears of increased fly-tipping after the council closed its household waste recycling sites following concerns that residents dumping rubbish were not adhering to social distancing.

Rubbish was seen dumped in Almondbury and at Holme Moss as individuals who could no longer use local tips resorted to disposing of it illegally.

The council is now discussing how the borough’s household waste recycling centres can operate – and how the safety of staff and the public can be ensured.