Number of flytipping offences in Midlothian between 2010 and 2018

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Jonathan Rainey

Dear Midlothian Council,

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 Midlothian Council, Police Scotland (including then Strathclyde Police) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency between 2010 and 2018?
2. How many flytipping cases were dropped between 2010 and 2018 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 Midlothian area 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. What is the Litter Control Strategy that Midlothian Council has to abide by when investigating flytipping cases along with dog fouling and littering cases?

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Rainey

Midlothian Council Enquiries, Midlothian Council

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Jonathan Rainey

Dear Midlothian Council,

I issue a small correction. I stated in the previous letter that the information shall include those from then-Strathclyde Police. I should have actually said that the information include those from then-Lothian and Borders Police.

Please accept my apologies.

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Rainey

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Jonathan Rainey

Dear Midlothian Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Midlothian Council's handling of my FOI request 'Number of flytipping offences in Midlothian between 2010 and 2018'.

Although I thank you for answering all of the questions provided, there needs to be one more question asked regarding the number of cases reported between 2015 and 2018: How many of the reported cases resulted in a successful prosecution?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/n...

Yours faithfully,

Jonathan Rainey

Midlothian Council Enquiries, Midlothian Council

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Edel Ryan, Midlothian Council

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Dear Mr Rainey

 

I refer to your freedom of information request dated 01 June 2019 entitled

Internal review of Freedom of Information request - Number of flytipping
offences in Midlothian between 2010 and 2018

This has been allocated a Midlothian Council reference number  FOI12343

 

I note that the matter raised is an additional question,  namely;

 

Although I thank you for answering all of the questions provided, there
needs to be one more question asked regarding the number of cases reported
between 2015 and 2018: How many of the reported cases resulted in a
successful prosecution?

 

I can  confirm that our response dated 30 May 2019 confirmed at question 2
that “No [zero] cases have been reported to the PF [ Procurator Fiscal].

 

I trust this addresses your additional enquiry.

 

Kind regards

 

 

 

Edel M Ryan  

Environmental Health Manager,  Midlothian Council

Fairfield House, 8 Lothian Road,  DALKEITH,  EH22 3ZP.

e: [email address]

 

Environmental Health Dutyline 0131 271 3345

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Jonathan Rainey

Dear Edel Ryan,

I also would like to ask the question of: of all the flytipping incidents reported to your authority between 2015 and 2018, how many also resulted in FPNs being issued to the offender(s)?

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Rainey

Edel Ryan, Midlothian Council

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Midlothian Council

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