CCTV plan to target Normacot fly-tipping
FLY-TIPPERS face being caught on camera as fed-up residents launch plans to instal CCTV in their neighbourhood.
Families living in Normacot say their streets are constantly littered with rubbish. They claim people regularly leave wheelie bins in the streets and dump bin bags in alleyways behind homes in Rothesay Road, Furnace Road and Argyll Road.
They also say taxi drivers dump takeaway packaging during late-night runs.
But families have now vowed to take action by installing CCTV cameras in a bid to catch offenders red-handed.
Members of Normacot Residents' Association have delivered leaflets around the community but say there is still a problem.
Association chairman Barrie Harrington, of Watery Lane, said: "People leave their wheelie bins out in the streets all the time and this leads to fly-tipping.
"This has been going on for four or five years and it is not getting any better.
"We have been working with the council in the hope to get the cameras installed because we are worried that it will only get worse.
"We only hope we can do it before the council get rid of the Environmental Crime unit.
"We want to put a stop to it before it progresses even more."
Fifty-year-old Normacot resident Peter Thornhill, of nearby Buccleuch Road, said: "The alleyway behind my house used to have a particularly bad reputation as a place where people could dump their rubbish. It went on for a long time so I have no objection to CCTV cameras being installed."
Peter Jackson, aged 69, of Furnace Road, helped lead a two-year long campaign to get gates installed in alleyways in his street after they became a magnet for fly-tipping.
He said: "It is still a real issue. People just don't take any notice.
"At the moment there is a skip which is full to the brim of rubbish and it has just been left in the alleyway. I don't know how long that will stay there for.
"I just hope CCTV cameras will mean people keep the alleyways clean and tidy."
Tony Oakman, director of adult and neighbourhood services, said: "The council is working closely with the residents' association and the police to prevent environmental crimes, so that we can make Normacot a much cleaner and safer place for residents to enjoy."
He added: "The residents' association has asked the council about the possibility of installing CCTV to cover the back entries on Rothesay Road, Furnace Road and Argyll Road.
"This is something which we are currently looking into, however, there would be a cost involved in installing CCTV and budgets would need to be identified for any work.
"In the meantime, we would encourage residents to continue to report any environmental offences to the council."