Fly tipping

Alister made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Abergele Town Council, Conwy

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Abergele Town Council, Conwy.

Dear Abergele Town Council, Conwy,

I write this letter under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information on flytipping:

1. How many flytipping incidents in the county that your authority controls were reported to Abergele Town Council, Police Scotland and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency between 2010 and 2020?
2. How many flytipping cases were dropped between 2010 and 2020 because the evidence was found to be tampered with? Also, how many were dropped due to fears of reprisals from the reported offender(s)? How many were also dropped due to lack of evidence?
3. Can the citizens of the Abergele Town Council, area, including on the Isle of Arran, set up their own covert surveillance cameras to capture flytippers in the act themselves? If so, apart from Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (especially regarding section 2 on privacy being exempt in the interest of preventing crime and disorder) what exact laws need to be taken into consideration which includes regards to the Information Commissioner’s Office? If high-quality footage of an offence was successfully captured, can the footage be used in court?
4. How are dealing with people that are fly tipping.
5. How much is it costing each year to clean up.

Yours faithfully,
Alister Harper

ATC Clerk, Abergele Town Council, Conwy

Good morning

Please find below a reply to your FOI request from Abergele Town Council.

1. How many flytipping incidents in the county that your authority controls were reported to Abergele Town Council, Police Scotland and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency between 2010 and 2020?

None. Abergele Town Council does not have control over the County. The records held at Abergele Town Council go back to 2015/16 and in that time 18 incidents of flytipping have been reported by Abergele Town Council to the County at the request of members of the community. Abergele Town Council has no statutory relationship with Police Scotland or the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

2. How many flytipping cases were dropped between 2010 and 2020 because the evidence was found to be tampered with? Also, how many were dropped due to fears of reprisals from the reported offender(s)? How many were also dropped due to lack of evidence?

NONE. In the period 2010 – 2020 legal action by Abergele Town Council against perpetrators of flytipping did not arise.

3. Can the citizens of the Abergele Town Council, area, including on the Isle of Arran, set up their own covert surveillance cameras to capture flytippers in the act themselves? If so, apart from Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (especially regarding section 2 on privacy being exempt in the interest of preventing crime and disorder) what exact laws need to be taken into consideration which includes regards to the Information Commissioner’s Office? If high-quality footage of an offence was successfully captured, can the footage be used in court?

Abergele Town Council is not a law enforcement body and has no jurisdiction on the rights of the citizens of Abergele to set up a covert surveillance camera to capture flytippers in the act.
Abergele Town Council has no jurisdiction in, or statutory relationship with the Isle of Arran.

4. How are dealing with people that are fly tipping.
Abergele Town Council has no dealings with people that are flytipping. Incidences of flytipping are reported directly to the County Council.

5. How much is it costing each year to clean up.
There is no direct cost to Abergele Town Council.

Regards

Mandy Evans
Clerc y Dref a Swyddog Cyllid/Town Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer
 
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