Fly-tippers of Barking and Dagenham to be shamed in public
18:30 19 October 2016
The council’s war on “grime crime” will include exposing culprits on a “wall of shame”.
As part of a drive to tackle anti-social behaviour and persistent litter, the council will use surveillance footage to publicly shame offenders in its OneBorough e-newsletter.
Cabinet Member for Environment & Street Scene Cllr Lynda Rice welcomed the crackdown on “enviro-crime” and council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell encouraged residents to send the council their own pictures of offenders.
“This will be endorsed by residents who are socially minded and don’t dump their rubbish in fly-tipping areas,” he said. “I would ask them to be perceptive with us if they get photos of people being socially irresponsible.
“This will show we have a zero-tolerance approach to people being disrespectful to our community.”
To assist the council’s exposure of offenders, 21 cameras have been deployed in 30 locations over the last year.
The strategy, which was approved by cabinet at Barking Town Hall last night, will only use images of offenders on the “wall of shame” when the person can’t be identified another way and innocent parties will be obscured.
Complainants and victims of anti-social behaviour will also be protected from identification.
The council, which deals with an average of 5,600 complaints for enviro-crime and anti-social behaviour every year, issued more than 1,200 fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping and littering in the last year.
The council spends an average of £190,000 a year on clearing fly-tips and waste disposed of unlawfully.