Views sought on proposed changes to enforcement policy

Published Monday, 3rd June 2019
Fly tipping in Hooton Roberts
Fly tipping

Rotherham Council is asking residents for their views on proposed changes to the way it carries out enforcement in the borough.

Rotherham Council is asking residents for their views on proposed changes to the way it carries out enforcement in the borough, with a new approach being proposed to tackle rogue businesses or individuals who use social media sites to flout the law.
 
The authority is proposing to amend its current General Enforcement Policy, which sets out the way the Council carries out enforcement in order to protect the public, to enable officers to better monitor the social media activities of suspects.
 
With the use of social media becoming increasingly common by rogue individuals and traders, particularly in relation to offences involving fly tipping and counterfeit goods, the Council is looking to update its policy to allow for surveillance of these illicit activities.
 
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, said: “Recently we’ve seen a real increase in members of the public being taken in by rogue traders operating through social media sites, for example, advertising “man with a van” services and then fly-tipping the waste they have collected.
 
“Now we want to hear people’s views on the proposals which will allow our officers better tackle these crimes and help protect the public and our environment here in Rotherham.”
 
To ensure that any surveillance of social media is legal, an investigation procedure will be developed with the Council’s legal services section before any monitoring activities take place.
 
The consultation will be open from Monday 3 June and closes on Sunday 28 July.

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