Mobile CCTV cameras to be deployed in Stone to crackdown on fly-tippers who are ‘beneath contempt’
PUBLISHED: 09:05 25 October 2017
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The move comes following an agreement between Dartford Borough Council and the parish
Mobile CCTV cameras are to be used in Stone in a bid to crackdown on fly-tippers, described by a council leader as “beneath contempt”.
The decision comes after a partnership was struck between Dartford Borough Council and Stone Parish Council as a number of locations within the village have become regular hotspots for illegal dumping.
Parish council members have voted to deploy the cameras at strategic points, while Dartford will provide a range of legal and enforcement service to help deter perpetrators and bring more of them to justice when environmental crimes occur.
Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said: “We enjoy an excellent relationship with Stone Parish Council and we’ve done a great deal of successful work to tackle fly-tipping and anti-social-behaviour in recent years.
“We find ourselves clearing up too much illegal tipping around the village and the parish council shares our determination to enforce and prosecute those responsible.
“The parish’s decision to deploy its own CCTV is an important step forward but it creates some work in the background that we are well placed to do and we are delighted to be collaborating with them.
“Frankly, the people who drive into our villages with the intention of dumping rubbish in lanes, lay-bys and verges are beneath contempt and our intention is to publicise and prosecute them.”
Parish council chairman and Stone borough councillor, John Burrell, said: “The council has tried a number of different strategies to stop fly-tipping in the parish and it continues to support Dartford Borough Council with the removal of fly tips, but with incidents still occurring it was felt that the placement of CCTV would assist in eradicating the problem.
“We will have the ability to deploy our new equipment around the village to tackle the hotspots and our collaboration with colleagues at Dartford will help us with the legal and enforcement support we need to secure prosecutions.
“It’s an excellent example of councils working together in partnership.”
However, the leader of the Labour opposition on Dartford Borough Council accused the local authority of historic underfunding.
Jonathon Hawkes told us: “I welcome the news that Stone will finally have the CCTV we need to tackle fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour in our community.
“Labour councillors have been calling for this action for the last 18 months. Sadly, Dartford Conservatives have not been listening to residents.
“Instead, if taking the action needed they chose to cut the budget for CCTV by 23 per cent and I fear there are more cuts to come next year.
“It’s great that the parish council has stepped in to fill that budget gap on this occasion, but we need assurances that CCTV will be properly funded going forward.
“I know residents want to see more resources going into tackling fly tipping - but what we’ve seen instead is more cuts.”