Waging war on the blight of countryside

A call for tougher action against fly-tippers is being backed by South Holland District Council.
A call for tougher action against fly-tippers is being backed by South Holland District Council.
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“We will track them down and get them into court.”

A call for tougher action against residents caught fly-tipping is being backed by South Holland District Council – the authority which recently sacked one of its own employees for committing the crime.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) announced yesterday that it is throwing its support behind proposals to seize the vehicles of people caught fly-tipping in the Lincolnshire countryside.

The organisation, which represents thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses across its eastern region, has indicated in a Government consultation that it backs stronger action against fly-tippers.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, district council portfolio holder for waste management, said: “Bring it on. Anything that 
discourages people from 
fly-tipping is a good thing.

“It might seem extreme but, given we are in the Fens, rubbish can be seen for miles.

“I fail to understand why people cannot wait until the tip is open to dispose of their waste. They are just being bone idle. People decide they are going to get rid of it and they can’t wait.”

Last month, a council worker who dumped rubbish off the A17 between Cowbit and Crowland was sacked from his job.

Richard Fiddes (40) of Weston Hills, appeared before Boston magistrates accused of dumping three mattresses, a large wooden plaque and several green bags of household rubbish on land in Cloot Drive, near Crowland, in October.

“We will track them down and get them into court.”

A call for tougher action against residents caught fly-tipping is being backed by South Holland District Council – the authority which recently sacked one of its own employees for committing the crime.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) announced yesterday that it is throwing its support behind proposals to seize the vehicles of people caught fly-tipping in the Lincolnshire countryside.

The organisation, which represents thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses across its eastern region, has indicated in a Government consultation that it backs stronger action against fly-tippers.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, district council portfolio holder for waste management, said: “Bring it on. Anything that 
discourages people from 
fly-tipping is a good thing.

“It might seem extreme but, given we are in the Fens, rubbish can be seen for miles.

“I fail to understand why people cannot wait until the tip is open to dispose of their waste. They are just being bone idle. People decide they are going to get rid of it and they can’t wait.”

Last month, a council worker who dumped rubbish off the A17 between Cowbit and Crowland was sacked from his job.

Richard Fiddes (40) of Weston Hills, appeared before Boston magistrates accused of dumping three mattresses, a large wooden plaque and several green bags of household rubbish on land in Cloot Drive, near Crowland, in October.

South Holland District Council brought the case to court where Fiddes was fined £1,000 and order to pay total costs of £660.

Statistics suggest that there is a fly-tipping incident every 30 seconds in England – equating to 107,000 a month.

CLA East Regional Director Ben Underwood said: “Fly-tipping is a serious issue for landowners in Lincolnshire; it blights the countryside and we have called for culprits to be dealt with more robustly for years.

“Fly-tipping is often conducted by organised criminal gangs and we see the power to remove vehicles as a positive step forward in reducing incidences of fly-tipping.

“It costs rural businesses up to £150million in clean-up costs every year. If new powers can reduce it by as little as two percent, we are optimistic this could lead to at least £15million of savings every five years for private landowners.”

South Holland District Council’s street cleansing team works alongside the Fly Swat team from HM Prison North Sea Camp and Community Payback to rid the countryside dumped rubbish, but it remains an ongoing problem.

Coun Gambba-Jones urges anyone who spots anyone fly-tipping to get in touch with South Holland District Council by calling 01775 761161.

He said: “I would advise residents to stay safe but get as much detail about the vehicle as possible.

“We now have an enforcement officer and we will track fly-tippers down and get them into courts.”