19 April 2017

New fly tipping crackdown launched by Lambeth

Lambeth council has announced the roll out of a new mobile CCTV camera team with the sole aim of catching and deterring fly-tippers in the borough. The new project has been welcomed by local Vassall councillors.

The new cameras will be moved from place to place, with a focus on known fly-tipping hotspots, recording images that can be used to prosecute people who dump rubbish. According to the borough, fly-tipping includes dumping bags of waste or unwanted furniture out on the public footway, as well as the larger scale dumping of building material. Partly down to lobbying from local councillors, Lambeth has adopted a tougher set of punishments for fly tippers with fines of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court for persistent offenders. Recently a repeat offender in Brixton had their van crushed.

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment & Transport, said:

“Fly tipping is a blight on our streets and we are determined to tackle it. It not only ruins the environment and angers neighbouring residents, it costs the council a fortune to deal with.  Some people might think it’s OK to put out an old mattress or the odd bag of rubbish – it’s not.

“Fly-tippers be warned – your behaviour will not be tolerated in Lambeth, we will catch you and we will prosecute you.”

Local councillors Paul Gadsby, Jacqui Dyer and Annie Gallop said:

"This is an approach we have been lobbying for as fly tipping is an unacceptable blight on our community. We have already pointed out a number of hotspots to the team managing these cameras and thanks to previous work by councillors fly tippers have already been getting fines in Vassall.

"If residents have any hot spots they want to suggest this team monitors then please get in touch with us. You can report fly tipping to the council here."