Newport council trial fly-tipping app

Newport council trial fly-tipping app

REPORTING: Gary Evans, Fly-Tipping Action Wales programme manager using FlyMapper (Photo by Patrick Olner)

REPORTING: Gary Evans, Fly-Tipping Action Wales programme manager and Pamela Parr, Fly-tipping Action Wales intelligence officer (Photo by Patrick Olner)

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A TRACKING app to monitor fly-tipping is being trialled by Newport council.

The authority is using the GPS tracking system, known as FlyMapper, which was developed by Fly-tipping Action Wales to analyse fly-tipping trends and types of problem waste.

Waste officers can photograph and plot fly-tipping incidents onto a digital map in real time using a smartphone app, giving an idea of the true scale of the problem in that area. They could then seek authorisation to carry out surveillance at a fly-tipping hot spot which could later lead to prosecution.

Councillor Ken Critchley, Newport’s cabinet member for infrastructure said various incidents have been mapped in the first month.

“The ability to produce records including photographs, exact locations, dates, times and waste types, will be of great benefit for intelligence led intervention, as well as being able to report findings in a clearly understandable format," he said.

“It is a fact that fly-tippers have no respect for boundaries, whether public or privately owned land, urban or countryside. FlyMapper will make it far easier to establish patterns of offender's behaviour and quickly provide sufficient evidence to ensure their prosecution and conviction.”

Gary Evans, programme manager at Fly-tipping Action Wales said a vital use of the app is gathering an evidence base, ensuring the successful prosecution of criminals.

"With over £2 million of tax payers money being spent every year in clean up costs, I don’t think many people would disagree that this system is a vital step change in us creating a future for Wales which is free from fly-tipping," he said.

The body expects all local authorities in Wales to adopt this technology over the next two years.

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11:49pm Fri 22 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

And why do they need an app to do this?
And why do they need an app to do this? MikeO4O8
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5:19pm Sat 23 Aug 14

smokintheweed says...

MikeO4O8 wrote:
And why do they need an app to do this?
I would have thought the combination of letters above would have given you a clue but obviously not.
[quote][p][bold]MikeO4O8[/bold] wrote: And why do they need an app to do this?[/p][/quote]I would have thought the combination of letters above would have given you a clue but obviously not. smokintheweed
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7:25pm Sat 30 Aug 14

What'sThePoint says...

What's the point? If you report Fly tipping to our council and it's on private land, which most of it is, they won't pick it up! I recently reported someone and the evidence of who had dumped the item was on the item that had been dumped - Council's advice - drag it back onto public road and report it to street scene! yeah right, and who gets done then?! This is just more unnecessary expenditure by some bright spark in the council that has not been thoroughly thought through!
What's the point? If you report Fly tipping to our council and it's on private land, which most of it is, they won't pick it up! I recently reported someone and the evidence of who had dumped the item was on the item that had been dumped - Council's advice - drag it back onto public road and report it to street scene! yeah right, and who gets done then?! This is just more unnecessary expenditure by some bright spark in the council that has not been thoroughly thought through! What'sThePoint
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