CCTV will keep fly-tippers away from Grantham Canal towpath

CCTV by Grantham Canal, Earlesfield estate
CCTV by Grantham Canal, Earlesfield estate
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Fly-tippers beware – if you dare to dump your rubbish along the canal, you WILL be caught out.

For years, an area of Grantham Canal within the Earlesfield estate has been blighted by selfish fly-tippers, leaving it unpleasant for families living nearby and those who enjoy a walk along the towpath.

Now, after an expenive clean-up by South Kesteven District Council, CCTV is being installed along the stretch between Earlesfield Lane and Swingbridge Road.

It is hoped the cameras, aboard tall poles, will act as a deterrent to fly-tipping and littering in the area.

The three poles will allow six cameras to be installed in the coming weeks, providing coverage of the path in both directions courtesy of SKDC with support from the Environment Agency.

The authority has regularly litter-picked the area to make it cleaner, greener and healthier for residents and visitors.

SKDC’s operations director Ian Yates said: “We know many local people enjoy walking, running, cycling and fishing along the canal and we want to make this area as pleasant as possible for everyone.

“The vast majority of local people never litter or dump waste and make effective use of our bulk item collection service.

“However we think these measures are necessary to send a warning to those who are determined to think otherwise and we will prosecute wherever possible.”

An Environment Agency spokesman added: “Where possible, the Environment Agency is keen to support initiatives which seek to reduce the inappropriate disposal of waste which blights our communities.

“In this case we are happy to assist SKDC at this problem location as we have with other local authorities in Lincolnshire.”

Patrols of the area are continuing and more bins have been placed. Additional improved seating at the site is also planned.

Grantham Angling Association, Lincolnshire Police, and community epresentatives met with SKDC’s environmental health team in January to plan how the area can be cleaned and maintained more regularly.

* Report fly-tipping to SKDC on 01476 406080.