Monday, January 09, 2017

FLY tipping hot spots in Cork city are set to be monitored in a renewed crackdown on the issue.

City Hall Cork. Picture: Larry Cummins

It’s understood that monitoring of known sites will take place over the coming months as the local authority attempts to reduce fly tipping and prosecute those responsible.
Illegal dumping has become a significant problem in city areas in recent years. In November, the Council reported that it had collected 1,276 tonnes of waste from across the city, costing the city millions of euros.
Between June and November 2016, the city issued 405 litter fines, with just 211 paid.
Sinn Féin councillor Henry Cremin issued a call to the local authority to restrict vehicular access to sites where repeated fly tipping takes place. Mr Cremin also called for the introduction of 24-hour CCTV monitoring in a bid to catch the culprits.
A response from the city’s environmental directorate outlined a planned response to the issue, which is prominent in many areas in the city centre.
“The physical and monetary impact on the city of the current level of fly tipping is to be deplored,” said a spokesperson.
“An analysis will be carried out of the nature of activity, that is: vehicular or pedestrian, and the feasibility of various options of controlling access, monitoring, CCTV, surveillance and community activism at each location.”
The review process has already commenced, with department officials hoping to brief elected members on a ‘detailed programme of deterrence’ shortly.

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