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Fly-tippers cost us almost £50k in nine months

Michael Booth.

Michael Booth.

Illegal fly-tipping in South Holland cost council tax payers nearly £50,000 to clear up in the nine months to the end of December.

The district council is stepping up its fight against the fly-tippers by recruiting an enforcement officer to tackle those responsible for dumping rubbish and take them to court.

The council recorded 587 incidents, including 310 “Transit van loads” and 204 “small van loads”, during the period.

Paths and bridleways were areas most targeted and household waste topped the categories of items dumped with 268 incidents, green waste was second on 76, followed by tyres and electrical goods, both 39.

Fifteen incidents involved white goods like fridges and there was one case involving clinical waste being dumped.

A council spokesman said: “Fly-tipping blights our district and is unfortunately an ongoing problem for the council to deal with.

“It can range from a single black bag to a large load dumped.

“The number of incidents can fluctuate from year to year but there has not been a noticeable spike recently.

“We would encourage people to report any witnessed instances of fly-tipping, preferably with descriptions of the people and vehicles, including a registration number.

“This can be done by phoning the Environmental Services department on 01775 761161 or via an online form at www.sholland.gov.uk

“South Holland District Council takes incidents of fly-tipping very seriously.”

Senior environmental services officer Glen Chapman said: “As part of our efforts to reduce fly-tipping we have started the process to appoint an investigations officer in the near future.

“The primary function of this new role is formal investigation and enforcement of this type of crime.”

 

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