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CCTV to catch litter louts in city crackdown

A zero-tolerance approach to illegal dumping and littering has been adopted by Dublin City Council (DCC) with CCTV cameras being installed in the capital as a matter of urgency.

Dumping black spots in the north inner city will be surveyed by cameras and footage collected will be used "to help build cases for action through the Courts" according to a special report by DCC.

From Monday September 8, a number of actions will be taken by the council including eight litter wardens visiting properties in the north inner city.

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And in a further move for stronger enforcement, dumped bags will also be searched by these wardens.

They will "gather evidence with a view to initiating prosecutions where appropriate," states the report seen by the Herald.

The action plan will focus on a small target area including Rutland Place, Summerhill and Summerhill Parade.

The reason the council will focus its resources on this area is so they can take a "sustained approach" in an attempt to change people's behaviour to dumping.

Resources have been secured by DCC to carry out the work until next March and a special group will meet every fortnight from September 8 to review the progress.

Lord Mayor Christy Burke said that he welcomes the report having brought Dublin City CEO, Owen Keegan, on a litter walk-about last June.

"It's good, it's progress, it's action and it's communicating with people," Mr Burke stated.

The council said in its report that if the initiative is successful then the actions will be "extended to surrounding streets".

As part of the plan, signs are being erected in the north inner city stating the correct waste collection day.

These signs are now ready for installation.

All property owners and tenants are being written to in the target area explaining what their obligations are under the current waste bye-laws.

In the letters it will state that DCC is "taking immediate steps to enforce these bye-laws".

"The message will be that Dublin City Council is adopting a zero-tolerance approach in relation to enforcement," states the report.

DCC will target multi-tenanted properties with no visible waste disposal arrangements first.

Another proposed plan is that in council-tenanted buildings, with space for bin storage, bags will be replaced with wheelie-bins.

Weeds have already been removed from Summerhill Parade under the plan and the area will be swept weekly.

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In the report it said that an action group was established in January 2013 to examine the dumping and littering problem "in depth."

A number of recommendations were implemented without success, the report states.

It goes on to say that the implementation of suggested actions saw no "obvious improvement" in the situation.

The Central Area Committee and Waste Management Services will oversee the latest plan.

Every north inner city site mentioned in the recent Irish Business Against Litter survey will also be inspected.

jfegan@herald.ie


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