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Rubbish wind up

Sun's CCTV camera disguised as baken bean tin pictureI choked on my cornflakes this morning when the august Radio 4 Today programme told me that the Sun and Mail were reporting that Ealing council was thinking of using spy cameras to persecute the good people of Ealing. What a load of pants.

Yesterday the Standard carried a ridiculous story that spy cameras were to be used to harass people putting out their bin bags. No, the borough is already using CCTV to catch persistent fly-tippers. Back in June I reported that in Northfield ward:

Some of the flytippers will be in for a nasty surprise over the next few weeks as David [our envirocrime protection team leader] has got the use of a mobile camera. We should be seeing some mugshots soon.

Shortly after pictures of offenders who had been fly-tipping on the side roads off Northfield Avenue appeared in Around Ealing – hardly covert.

The Standard story talked about the cameras being used to police a move to 2 weekly collections. Utter garbage. We asked people about this during our recent waste consultation and not surprisingly the response from people was so negative that the Conservative group, which is committed to actually providing the services people want, would not dream of going to two weekly collections.

As I found on my Southall tour last week we have some people who really mess up the neighbourhood with fly-tipping. We will be using cameras to trap these people. We will not clean up Ealing by running around after these people with a van picking up their mess. We need to change their behaviour and with fly-tippers that means catching them and prosecuting them.

The Mail story is a straight copy of the Standard story – fair enough as they are sister papers from Associated Newspapers. The Sun story has simply lifted all the quotes out of the Standard article and randomly phoned up an Ealing resident called Danny Christie at some ungodly hour of the night to get a quote. You can judge the standard of the journalism and fact checking by the fact that Labour’s councillor Sharma has had a sex change according to the Sun. Maybe Sharma will make the News of the World on Sunday. The so-called journalist at the Standard is called Ellen Widdup – wind up surely?

3 replies on “Rubbish wind up”

From my experience of Ealing’s civic infrastructure I would have to suggest that there may be some smoke with this fire. Many decisions are made by the Senior Officers working for the Council (95 per cent of planning decisions are made by Senior Council Officers without recourse to Committee or publication). It would not surprise me if the cameras were to be used to police the change to twice-weekly collections. I would look deeper into this one Phil, I do not want my home Borough to become known as the surveillance capital of the world on top of its reputation for punitive excesses in the area of parking enforcement.

Eric.

Hi Phil!

I think the cameras in Ealing are a great idea; could we have some around the Popes Lane junction with the South Ealing Road; there always seem to be loads of minicabs blocking the bus stops and generally making a nuisance of themselves…..

As ever,
Honey

Eric,

The planning system is defined by law – I am sure we can do better with planning but the law says if no objections are received for smaller planning applications they go through on the nod.

As for your comments about twice-weekly collections you are failing to read my posting. I’ll try again:

“We asked people about this during our recent waste consultation and not surprisingly the response from people was so negative that the Conservative group, which is committed to actually providing the services people want, would not dream of going to two weekly collections.”

Alright?

In today’s posting I highlight our manifesto commitment:

“A Conservative run Ealing Council will take all measures, including CCTV operations in known problem areas, to catch those responsible for graffiti and fly tipping. We will adopt a policy of prosecution in all cases and will press for the heaviest fines to be imposed upon those responsible.”

By all means try to inflame people by using phrases like “surveillance capital of the world” but people have voted for us to clean up Ealing and that is what we are doing.

Phil Taylor

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