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A FRESH crackdown on fly-tipping could see CCTV cameras installed in hotspot areas to deter those making our area look like a dump.

Portsmouth City Council is taking action to tackle the problem after latest figures revealed there were 646 fly-tipping incidents in the city in 2012/13.

Rubbish left in Tennyson Road, Portsmouth

Rubbish left in Tennyson Road, Portsmouth

That number is up three per cent from 626 incidents reported the previous year.

Now the council is to target roads in which there have been more than 20 reports of fly-tipping in the past three years.

Installing CCTV cameras or rotating cameras in use in other parts of the city to act as a deterrent could also be considered.

Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Donna Jones, said fly-tipping has a huge impact on communities.

She said: ‘As a local authority we’re determined to stamp out fly-tipping, to crack down on it and one of the ways we can do this is by offering more bulky waste collection slots.

‘At the moment there is a limited amount offered.

‘What I want to do is have a situation where you can phone up any day of the week to get a slot, you can pay a small amount of money.

‘The charge we would make would justify us improving and increasing the service so most people have got no excuse to be dumping a sofa at the bottom of a block of flats.

‘To install CCTV there would have to be a prolonged period of fly-tipping to justify it.

‘We know that we have hotspots that are a real issue and yes, absolutely, we could look at using existing CCTV cameras that we have and rerouting them round the city as a deterrent.’

Councillor Rob New, in charge of environment and community safety, said: ‘We’re working to try to combat this, looking at problem roads where there have been more than 20 fly-tip reports over the past three years.

‘We will be looking to tackle these first with in-depth investigations and possible CCTV camera installations.’

Rev Paul Norton, the honorary curate of St George’s Church in Portsea, said he has complained to the council on a number of occasions about the issue.

He said: ‘It is a recurring problem. Sometimes the rubbish smells and it’s clearly unhygienic and we never know what is in some of the piles.

‘The people who are doing it are totally irresponsible and they wash their hands when they dump it and think it then has nothing else to do with them. But someone else then has to pick up the tab.’

In one recent case fly-tippers dumped a toilet, mattress and computer chair in Oxford Road, Southsea.

Lib Dem ward councillor Hugh Mason said he regularly contacts the council if he spots rubbish that has been fly-tipped Oxford Road, but that CCTV is too costly and is not the answer.

Cllr Mason said: ‘The cost of CCTV would be out of proportion to the benefit of what we would get.

‘It’s a lovely idea to have CCTV and in areas where we have cameras it works quite well. But the idea of putting CCTV in residential streets is a non-starter.’