Council Issues Spy Cameras And Considers Ex-Military To Protect Waste Site

10-01-14(2)picEx-military personnel could be employed by Harrow Council in order to tackle threatening behaviour by visitors to its recycling centre when asked by staff to pay to dispose waste. 

A security firm could be drafted by the council to enhance security at the tip after staff have faced repeated abuse from that are reluctant to pay drop-off fees.

The Council has already equipped staff at the site with lapel cameras to record incidents to in aid prosecutions.

A council spokesman told the Observer that the authority is willing to go even further and bring in a security firm, including ex-military personnel, to witness the violent behaviour of visitors.

Councillor Susan Hall, Harrow Council – “It is utterly unacceptable that council staff who are doing their best to keep our recycling and waste service running are threatened and intimidated in this way”

Workers at Harrow Council’s tip site in Forward Drive, Harrow say they are subjected to violent threats by visitors to the tip who refuse to pay £220 per tonne of waste that they are looking to dispose of.

One visitor to the site threatened staff by claiming to have a shotgun that he intended to use on them.

Councillor Susan Hall, the Conservative leader of Harrow Council and cabinet member for community safety and the environment, said: “It is utterly unacceptable that council staff who are doing their best to keep our recycling and waste service running are threatened and intimidated in this way.

“These people are trying to cheat their way out of paying a dumping fee, and that just isn’t fair on those who pay their way.”

Last year Harrow Council introduced “a three-strikes and you’re out” policy where members of public who abuse regulations at the waste site can be issued with 12-month banning notices.

If offenders ignore the banning notice, then the council’s anti-social behaviour unit would be able to go through the courts to seek an anti-social behaviour order.

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