December 7 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
CCTV cameras could be installed to combat fly tipping near a travellers’ site in West Norfolk.
A report to county councillors says hazardous waste, including asbestos and car tyres, has been dumped around the Saddlebow Caravan Park, on the outskirts of King’s Lynn.
The site is just off the junction between the A47 southern bypass and Saddlebow Road, near the Norfolk Arena.
Fly-tipping of rubble, hedge clippings and building waste is rife in the area south of Lynn, where a maze of by-roads criss-cross remote countryside not overlooked by any houses.
At times, large mounds of leylandi cuttings have been piled up outside the Saddlebow site, in one case blocking its access road.
“The ongoing fly-tipping problem has been the cause of community tensions not only between residents but also local landowners and businesses,” it says.
“The fly-tipping has previously obscured the access road, causing a hazard to vehicles and pedestrians.
“More recently, some rubbish has been set alight, causing acrid smoke to blow across the caravan site.
“The cost of clearing this up is shared by the council, the landowner and the commercial interests on the road.”
The report adds that the culprit or culprits behind the tipping have so far not been identified. There have been few prosecutions for fly tipping in West Norfolk.
Officials want to install a pair of CCTV cameras at the site office, mounted on a single 7m-high pole, to deter future tipping at the site.
The report adds that there will be no loss of privacy for residents if the security camera scheme is given the go-ahead by councillors.
It goes on: “The cameras are aimed at improving security for residents and can only be viewed as a positive addition in this respect.
“The cameras do face outwards and not onto any adjoining caravan pitches so privacy is protected. It is to be noted that no representation has been received from local residents.” The report asks whether the cameras might infringe the human rights of adjoining residents.
But it adds: “They are qualified rights, that is they can be balanced against the economic interests of the community as a whole and the human rights of other individuals.
“In this instance, it is not considered that the human rights of adjoining residents would be infringed.”
The report says that by helping to deter anti-social behaviour around the caravan site, the cameras would improve residents’ amenity.
It adds no objections to the cameras have been received from local councillors or parish councils around the site.
Councillors on Norfolk’s planning regulatory committee are being recommended to approve the plans when they meet at County Hall in Norwich on Friday.