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Birmingham keen to go live with fly-tipping awareness series

todayJuly 20, 2021

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Plans for a YouTube video series to help catch the culprits of fly-tipping in Birmingham are set to take a step forward when the city council’s Cabinet meets next week.

A report to Cabinet on July 27 will seek permission to carry out a public consultation period on the plans for the “Grime Watch” series. This consultation is necessary to ensure the use of CCTV footage featuring environmental criminals carrying out offences is compliant with the rules. 

A total of £110,000 is being used to purchase ten new mobile CCTV cameras which can be redeployed to sites around the city as necessary, with the Grime Watch series’ start-up costs representing a further £68,000 investment into one of the top priorities of local people – cleaner, greener, streets.

Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks, said: “We need to let people know what the intentions are for the project, how the footage will be used and are required to seek their views and opinions.

“People who fly-tip in our city have no respect or regard for our shared environment, so we want to do everything we can within the rules to find those responsible when all other avenues of investigation have been exhausted.”

Grime Watch is a concept inspired by a “Wall of Shame” series produced by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and is being funded as part of the broader £7.2million investment into street scene services. 

Subject to Cabinet approving the start of a consultation process, it will then be placed on the council’s Be Heard consultation hub for public response, with an intended launch date in autumn of this year,

 

Written by: David Watkins

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