Street that’s become such a rubbish hotspot that residents want CCTV

A residential street in Stapleford has become a “hotspot” for fly-tipping after huge amounts of household waste continues to be dumped.

Fly-tipping has persisted in Matthews Court since as early as November last year, but the perpetrators are yet to be caught in the act.

Independent councillor for Stapleford north, Richard MacRae, says rubbish has also started to appear in nearby Rockford Court in recent weeks.

As a result he is calling for CCTV to be installed in the area to catch those dumping rubbish.

Councillor MacRae told Nottinghamshire Live: “It is terrible and I do not know what the answer is.

“Pre-covid we have done estate tidy-ups and we have put skips on the estate.

“We’ve had bulky waste days, we have had three already. One of the excuses people have come up with is that the Broxtowe Borough Council charge you money to take it away, but of course they do.

“It is only free in the city because people pay for it in council tax. I just think it is laziness.

“As a councillor you cannot win because if you do not report it to the council people say you are not doing your job, but if you report it and the council comes and takes it away, people see it as a free way to get rid of rubbish.

“It is a very, very small minority that is ruining it for everyone else. The council do have access to remote CCTV so that is being looked in to.

“It is not as simple as just putting a camera there, there is a lot of red tape. It is just annoying.

Councillor Richard MacRae
Councillor Richard MacRae is calling for CCTV to be installed
(Image: Austen Blakemore Photography)

“Lots of people offer man in a van services, or people in a van services, on social media. The majority will have a waste licence but you have a minority that will come out and take your rubbish and they take it to a local area and dump it.

“It is important that if you use them you have to be careful and check their documents.”

Councillor MacRae said it is down to residents in the area to report people who fly-tip the rubbish, so they have evidence to catch them.

He said it has become that much of an issue that household waste is now being dumped elsewhere in the town too.

“Residents need to be vigilant,” he said.

“If you see anyone there they need to understand the importance of reporting it. It is disgusting.

“The police are not on every street corner. The days of the bobby walking the beat are gone and the community does need to be the eyes and ears.”

A Broxtowe Borough Council spokeswoman added: “The council is committed to working with its partners on tackling important environmental issues such as fly-tipping.

“The council is aware of a number of ‘hotspot’ locations within the borough and is working to tackle the issues within those locations and will issue the strongest penalties it can for the offences when the perpetrators are established.

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“One of the investigatory methods the council can consider is the use of CCTV, where it is considered appropriate to do so and where there is a basis for its deployment.

“CCTV can be intrusive to those living in the community and the council has to balance its investigatory responsibilities with the rights of those living in the community to live a private life.”


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