Hidden cameras to film fly tippers
Hidden cameras could soon be used to try to catch fly tippers dumping rubbish in the local countryside.
The annual public meeting of North Mymms Parish Council, held on Thursday 27 March, heard that the local green belt society is investigating setting up a surveillance system to try to capture culprits on film.
At the end of the meeting, when the public were invited to raise any issues of concern, council chair, Pat Storey, asked for the public's thoughts on fly tipping and abandoned cars.
Councillor Bob Horrocks, who is also honorary secretary of the North Mymms District Green Belt Society (NMDGBS), said the society was looking into the possibility of setting up hidden cameras at known fly tipping blackspots such as Bradmore Lane and Hawkshead Lane. Click here to visit the NMDGBS website.
Bob Horrocks said the NMDGBS was talking to Hertfordshire County Council about the idea, but the number of cameras and the positions had not yet been finalised.
The meeting also heard a suggestion that the parish council should leaflet local homes warning residents about ‘cowboy’ gardening companies who post leaflets door-to-door offering cheap deals to prune and clear.
It is feared that some of these concerns, who often usually only have a mobile phone number, dispose of the garden waste illegally to save on the cost of using an official recycling site.
A recommendation was made that local residents should ensure, before agreeing to the work being done, that any contractor they are considering using is going to dispose of the waste at an official site.
According to the NMDGBS, the problem had reached the point where the local countryside was being "invaded by litter" and other household and garden waste.
The meeting also heard concerns about speeding on local roads, particularly along Welham Green’s Dixons Hill Road, now that the chicanes have been removed.
One local resident described the road as "an accident waiting to happen" and said the parish council should keep an eye on the situation and ensure that suitable alternative traffic calming is introduced.
The meeting was also told that vandalism was becoming a problem locally with parish council notice boards, fences and signs all being damaged.
A spokesman for the authority urged parents to educate their children about respecting property, particularly as the cost of vandalism is reflected in the increase in their council tax bills.
The meeting was told that, over the past year, the authority had held 17 meetings to consider 174 planning applications, had objected to 27 and all objections had been upheld.
Relief was expressed that repair work to Folly Arch is finally underway, but there was sadness over the loss of the summer holiday playgroup which, the meeting was told, is unable to continue because of a lack of funds.
27 March 2003
Local lane voted worst dumping blackspot - 2 October 2002
The area's top ten eyesores - 5 September 2002
Fly tipping continues in Bradmore Lane - 18 February 2002
Fly tipping - check your contractor - 31 November 2001
Fly tipping by the lorry load - 31 October 2001
Campaigners claim to film fly tippers - 26 July 2001
Bradmore Lane fly tipping black spot - 15 July 2001
Fly tipping on the increase - 18 March 2001
Fly tipping action plan - 15 May 2000
Fly tipping is attracting rats - 5 May 2000
Litter blitz a success - 10 April 2000
Rural spring clean - 31 March 2000
Fly tipping fears - 17 March 2000
Fly tipping crackdown - 5 January 2000