CCTV bid to catch criminals plaguing Birmingham City FC stadium site

The entrance to the former Wheels Park has seen better days
The entrance to the former Wheels Park has seen better days -Credit:BirminghamLive/Harry Leach

Sophisticated CCTV cameras could be installed to catch fly-tippers who are turning the new Birmingham City FC ground site into a dump. Mountains of rubbish - including drug paraphernalia, clothes, furniture, rotten food etc- has been left to the entrance of the former Birmingham Wheels Park on Adderley Road South, in Bordesley, disgusting locals.

Last month, Birmingham Live exclusively revealed how the council had sold the 48-acre site to Blues. A historic sale which could see the club leaving their current home in St Andrew's to build a new multi-sports stadium on the land.

The area is a magnet for environmental criminals dumping hoards of waste, which according to one local factory worker was happening weekly.

Read More: I visited Birmingham Wheels after historic sale and it's a long way from becoming city's jewel

A consultation has been launched to set up surveillance 'limited to the areas of the site that are the focal points of where rubbish is being fly-tipped." Anyone wishing to comment should do so by April 30.

A factory unit worker said previously: "But it's been going on for years - ever since the council took control of the site. Nothing is ever done, like putting up CCTV, to permanently sort the problem."

He claimed he hadn't caught many fly-tippers in the act due to them mainly "appearing at night". Why was such frequent fly-tipping happening? Surely more could be done to protect the site?

Fly-tipping can lead to a fine of up to £50,000 along with imprisonment. Click here for more information.

Cllr Majid Mahmood, the authority's cabinet member for environment, said in response: "They expect people in our city to foot the bill for the disposal of their rubbish and unwanted items. There is no excuse for this anti-social behaviour - which shows no regard for the surroundings in which we all have to live and work.

"There are many legitimate ways to get rid of waste, including our household recycling centres which have plenty of capacity, so there is simply no excuse. We investigate incidents and do not hesitate to take enforcement action or prosecute offenders, as demonstrated in the past by many high-profile cases."