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South Holland council tax payers have spent £6,000 in one month to clear away flytipping

Rate payers have spent £6,000 in one month in clearing away dumped rubbish.

A total of 371 incidents of flytipping were reported in the district over October, November and December, members of the Performance Monitoring Panel were told.

Councillors were also told that the district had spent £3,000 in December 2019 on clearing away flytipping but this had doubled for the same month in 2020.

South Holland District Council staff clear up the flytip in Spalding (44048829)
South Holland District Council staff clear up the flytip in Spalding (44048829)

Members were also told that there has been a 140% increase of household waste such as furniture and mattresses.

The meeting was told that the council’s bulky waste collection had been reorganised in order to meet demand. Collections are now being held three times a week instead of once.

Coun Jack Tyrrell said: “Flytipping is one of the biggest things in all our areas.

“I think it is important that the public understands how much of our money has to be diverted to something everyone should be responsible for.”

Coun Nigel Pepper told the meeting that he was aware of several incidents which were reported in his ward, which is Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas.

Coun Pepper had told the meeting that he had been brought a bag of rubbish which contained information that could identify the owner but had been told to throw it away due to the lockdown.

The meeting was later told that an Environmental Crime Partnership, including the Police, National Farmers Union and Environment Agency has been set-up to tackle the issue of flytipping in Lincolnshire following an increase in incidents across the county since the lockdown.

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