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Work against Spalding-area fly-tippers labelled ‘embarrassing’

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The work done to tackle fly-tippers in the district has been labelled ‘embarrassing’ by frustrated councillors.

South Holland District Councillors heard that a series of fly-tipping cases were being investigated in a number of villages and towns and one person had been prosecuted for another.

However, members of the Performance Monitoring Panel were left wanting more after just three fixed penalty notices were handed out for fly-tipping between April 2021 and March 2022.

The district council sparked a prosecution against a man for fly tipping in Sutton Bridge
The district council sparked a prosecution against a man for fly tipping in Sutton Bridge

At Wednesday’s meeting Coun Nigel Pepper said: “I find it rather embarrassing that only three fixed penalty notices were issued when fly-tipping is so bad in South Holland.”

Coun Pepper also questioned if fly-tips in Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas were being investigated.

Dee Bedford, Community Safety and Enforcement officer, said: “We did issue a fixed penalty notice for a very small fly-tip in Crowland on May 6.

“We want to publicise this as much as possible and let people know that we are taking this seriously. People need to understand the consequences of doing it.”

Vice-chairman Coun Michael Booth agreed.

“The report is encouraging but action seems to be low,” he said.

“Let’s report the action taken and let people know.”

Chairman Coun Bryan Alcock said that he was ‘sorry’ to see prosecutions were ‘relatively low’, adding: “As an authority we are never going to solve the problem if people think South Holland is a soft touch.”

Last year, the district council invested in new cameras which it planned to identify fly-tippers, however councillors were told these are not yet in use with Coun Alcock labelling it ‘a work in progress’.

Ms Bedford said: “We do have the cameras and we’ve done site visits to find suitable locations.

“We are going through the GDPR elements at the moment and we are nearly there.”

Coun Angela Newton also raised the issue of early presentation of household waste and recycling and called for agents in charge of homes of multiple occupancy (HMOs) to take control.

Ms Bedford said that Community Wardens were working hard to target specific areas where early presentation has been an issue through sending letters and knocking on doors.

She added that some problem areas had been removed from the list over the past five months.

However, Coun Newton said more needed to be done.

“There is a plague of people putting their waste out early in my ward,” she said.

“You haven’t been successful on two areas of Winsover Road but I’m sure you’re trying.

“With HMOS can’t we target the agents or the owners? We shouldn’t just leave it. You can see rats running around and that’s really poor.”

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