Watch out, litter louts, you are being watched!

By Brendan Grehan

CCTV CAMERAS have been installed on Tandy’s Lane to tackle fly-tipping. The cameras and signs were installed last week on the lane which has garnered a reputation as a litter blackspot.

Just three months ago, South Dublin County Council closed the lane for half a day on a Saturday in order to facilitate “cleaning and removal of fly-tipped material from roadside verges and ditches.”

CCTV Sign Tandys Lane Lucan

Previous to that the last time the road was temporarily closed to traffic was in April 2015, when over 7.5 tonnes of waste was removed by council staff.

In April, SDCC announced in a response to a question from Councillor William Lavelle that they were going to install two CCTV cameras at the single straight stretch on Tandy’s Lane. The cameras will capture activity during darkness as well as daylight hours on a maximum span of 100 yards in both directions, due to the frequency of blind corners.

SDCC had found that the majority of the dumping was “caused by passing motorists throwing rubbish from vehicles, while in motion, and most likely at night”.

The cameras are de-mountable and suitable for relocation to alternative locations. The council said that they also intend to increase the visibility of the Warden Service at Tandy’s Lane with even more frequent drive patrols, in an effort to deter fly-tipping.

Signage will also be erected at both end of the lane advising of the presence of CCTV monitoring.

Councillor Lavelle told The Echo: “I hope that my efforts will help in deterring the disgusting recent trend of fly-tipping along Tandy’s Lane.”

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