A CCTV camera to catch litter culprits in one part of the county has not been deployed because there was no litter warden in place to operate it.
Donegal County Council announced two years ago that it would roll out CCTV cameras in all of the county’s five electoral areas following the success of a pilit project in the Inishowen electoral area. The hidden cameras are used at litter and dumping blackspots to to bring prosecutions against so called fly-tippers.
But it has emerged that the camera designated for the Glenties Electoral Area has not been deployed as there was no litter warden in place to operate it. A vacancy for a litter warden was not filled until recently but the camera has not been sent away for repair and cannot be used.
The issue was raised at the July meeting of the Glenties Electoral Area Committee meeting after concern was expressed at the increase in litter in the area.
Councillor Seamus Ó Domhnaill said there has been an increase in the number of dumps creeping up in bogs and private land and increase in fly-tipping. He said the council is not being proactive enough in the probation of littering. He asked what had been the impact of the CCTV cameras as he had not seen any improvement at bottle banks. “The only difference is when local people clean up the area themselves,” he said.
He added the council had recently helped with a clean up for a private group yet there were other areas that needed urgent attention.
“There are tyre dumps, car dumps - there are mass areas of dump in the Cloughaneely, Gweedore and Dungloe areas. Rats have the freedom of the place, he said.
Engineer with the council’s Water, Environment and Emergency Services section Eoin Kerrane said there had been no litter warden for over a year so there was no one to deploy the camera. He said has been recalled and is away being repaired.
Clr Marie Therese Gallagher (SF) said the cameras had been introduced with a fanfare and nothing has changed. She called the report from litter warden for the next meeting of the electoral area committee.