The new fly-tipping reporting system will enable members of the community to submit a photograph of any fly-tipping they find within East Ayrshire, pinpoint its position precisely on a map and provide any additional information, including the type of material that has been dumped, to help the Council investigate environmental crime.
The Council’s IT Service in partnership with the Corporate Enforcement Unit and Greener Communities, developed the online reporting system.
Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member for Older People and Community Safety said: “Tackling environmental crime is a key priority for East Ayrshire Council and online reporting will help to make the collection and investigation of fly-tipping more efficient. We ran a trial of the new system at the end of last year in New Farm Loch, Kilmarnock. It went well and with feedback from the local elected members, we made some tweaks to the system, which I am delighted to say is now live.
“The online reporting system is on the front page of our website www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk so it is easy to access from a smartphone, while you are out and about, and is straightforward to use.
“The online reporting system is one part of an extensive programme of targeted action by the Council, in partnership with Police Scotland. The introduction of quad bikes has had a significant impact, allowing the Police, the Council’s Corporate Enforcement Unit and Greener Communities team to carry out patrols and investigations quickly and effectively. We want East Ayrshire to be cleaner, greener and vibrant and are committed to doing everything we can to make this a reality.”
Councillor Sally Cogley, Chair of the Clean, Green and Vibrant Member Officer Working Group said: “I am delighted that the Council has developed an online system that will help our communities report incidences of fly-tipping. It will make reporting easier and more effective with reports being sent automatically to our Fly-tipping Hit Squads and the Corporate Enforcement Unit for investigation.
“We are determined to stamp out the scourge of fly-tipping within East Ayrshire and are committed to working in partnership to introduce new measures that will make a real difference to our communities. East Ayrshire is stunning, we want to welcome visitors and help grow local businesses through tourism and local people enjoying and spending time where they live. Let’s all work together to make sure that can happen.”