Guisborough Ward Councillor Shelagh Holyoake with PCC Barry Coppinger, Guisborough Ward Councillors Dennis Teasdale and Bill Clarke, and PCSO Paul Payne.
CAMERAS have been installed at a fly-tipping hotspot as part of a crackdown on persistent offenders.
The cameras, along with warning signs featuring reflective eyes, have been moved to Wilton Lane, the road connecting Wilton and Guisborough and the council is working with Cleveland Police to target the fly-tippers.
Offenders have been warned they could face unlimited fines and up to five years in prison if they are caught.
The signs, which feature reflective eyes to make it look like a person is being watched, are being installed in the entrances to farms and other pull-ins along Wilton Lane which have been used to dump rubbish in the past.
It is hoped that by using the signs, which will placed so they will be eye-level when driving, as well as the cameras, fly-tippers will be deterred from leaving their rubbish knowing that there is a real threat they will be prosecuted if they are caught.
As well as causing annoyance for local landowners, who have been working closely with the council to try and combat this nuisance, fly-tipping poses a danger to livestock and wildlife with often dangerous waste dumped in fields.
Installing the signs is the culmination of hard work from local councillors and staff from the council’s Neighbourhoods Team as well as staff from the Tees Valley Rural Forum and Cleveland Police. It is also a key part of the council’s ‘Love It’ campaign, encouraging residents to love their borough and do their bit to keep it clean and tidy.
Cllr Alec Brown, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are doing everything we can to encourage residents across the borough to love where they live and do their bit to help the environment. To see some people continue to fly-tip rubbish wherever they feel like undoes all that hard work and is a slap in the face to residents.
“I am pleased we could work with the Tees Valley Rural Forum and Cleveland Police, especially PCSO Paul Payne, to install these new signs and cameras, to show that we mean business when we say we’ll crack-down on fly-tipping.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “As Chair of the Tees Rural Crime Forum, residents often tell me about the impact persistent fly-tipping can have in rural areas.
“I’m pleased to support the work of Redcar and Cleveland Council to show perpetrators their actions will not be tolerated and to allow rural residents to once again enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.”
PSCO Paul Payne said: “The road from Wilton and Guisborough is a stunning area and fly-tipping causes a great deal of concern for the local community and is a blight on the landscape.
“The signage and cameras will help the local authority clampdown on the perpetrators and bring them to justice.”
Cllr Bill Clarke, ward member for Guisborough, said: "This area is a rural beauty area. It is right that we have all teamed up and will target perpetrators who want to destroy this image. Dispose of your rubbish legally because if you fly-tip you do so at your own peril and we will come after you."
It is hoped that if these measures prove to be a success on Wilton Lane, they could be rolled out to other areas of Redcar and Cleveland also suffering from fly-tipping.
Posted on Tuesday 14th February 2017