An appeal has been launched to site surveillance cameras at fly-tipping hotspots in Hagley and the Clent Hills.

Fifteen cameras are due to be mounted in Wythall, Beoley and Alverchurch as a community action project is launched to fight back against a fly-tipping ‘epidemic’ in Bromsgrove.

But councillors recognize that Hagley and the Client Hills are also being badly hit by criminal fly-tipping, and they hope local businesses will donate to help expand the scheme.

Common problems are people driving into the countryside to dump household waster, old building material and even leftovers from cannabis growing, said councillor Adam Kent, who represents Wythall on Worcestershire County Council.

He said the plan was to mount remote surveillance cameras on private land to cover fly-tipping hotspots.

So far the campaign has enough donations from private companies to pay for 15 cameras in Wythall, Beoley and Alvechurch.

But he said: “We need more donations and volunteers to both fund and assist in the erection and maintenance of the cameras.

“My own experience with a surveillance camera catching a cannabis fly tipper in the act has triggered this project.

“Hagley and Clent Hills is a key problem area as well and Councillor Karen May has asked if we can expand in to this area, so we would invite donors and volunteers to apply.”

“We intend to work closely with Bromsgrove District Council as a community group to help catch these individuals and ensure our countryside isn’t used as a commercial waste site”

Initial donors include Oakland International at Redditch and Councillor Kent’s own company, Install Automation Ltd.

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