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South Holland's fly-tipping epidemic

Fly-tipping has reached epidemic levels in South Holland with incidents averaging more than one a day.

In the year to March, there were 662 fly-tips - some 1.7 a day - up 26 per cent on five years ago when there were 524.

This week, a Holbeach St Johns man appeared in court for fly-tipping at Quadring Fen, and was ordered to pay more than £1,680 in fines and costs.

This fly-tip at Quadring Fen cost a man more than £1,600 when he appeared in court this week. (5546501)
This fly-tip at Quadring Fen cost a man more than £1,600 when he appeared in court this week. (5546501)

And, earlier this month, a Sutton Bridge man was in court after fly-tipped waste was found at Gedney Drove End.

Tipping most commonly involves waste equal to a small van load but information from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) says this area is now seeing increasing numbers of large-scale tips involving a lorry load or more.

Household waste was the most common fly-tip in South Holland, accounting for 353 incidents, followed by black bags of household rubbish and tyres.

Clearing up the rubbish and taking action against perpetrators is estimated to have cost South Holland's council taxpayers around £73,000 last year.

Council portfolio holder Roger Gambba-Jones is urging residents to report fly-tipping - using the Report tab on the council website - and supply as many details as possible, including vehicle registrations and vehicle descriptions.

He says a few historic prosecutions show that some perpetrators are coming from "across the border" in Peterborough, although the overall picture is more complex.

Coun Gambba-Jones said: "Part of the issue is that a number of councils are now beginning to monitor the people who use their waste and recycling centre.

"They have a registration process whereby a vehicle has to be recorded on the system before it is allowed to access that council's recycling centre."

He says the aim is to stop people who are not taxpayers for that area from using the centre as well as keeping out commercial tippers who might use the site on the pretext of tipping household waste.

Coun Gambba-Jones doesn't believe axing charges for legally tipping commercial waste would make any difference to fly-tipping.

He says businesses pass that charge to their customers anyway, although some may still go on to fly-tip.

"Let's not mince words," he said. "There are Bob the builders out there who decide it's the cheapest way to make a few more bob out of the job they are doing rather than dispose of it in the proper fashion."

According to DeFRA, South Holland Holland District Council took nine people to court last year for fly-tipping.

* Jordan Cooper, of Bells Bridge, Holbeach St Johns, pleaded guilty at Boston Magistrates' Court on Monday to offences relating to a fly-tip found at Quadring Fen in March.

The court heard he had advertised as a waste remover and was paid to remove household waste from a property in Donington but fly-tipped it.

At court he was charged with breaching section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act and not being a registered waste carrier.

He was fined £1,066, with a victim surcharge of £106 and ordered to pay costs of £515.18, making the total payable £1,687.18.

This fly-tip at Gedney Drove End saw a Sutton Bridge man fined in court. (5556272)
This fly-tip at Gedney Drove End saw a Sutton Bridge man fined in court. (5556272)

On November 5, Jordan Hughes, of Queen Street, Sutton Bridge, pleaded guilty to offences relating to a fly-tip on Marsh Road, Gedney Drove End.

The court heard he employed a non-registered waste carrier to remove waste items for him, which were subsequently fly-tipped, and then refused to disclose the details of this person to assist in the investigation.

Mr Hughes was charged under two sections of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 - section 34 for the employment of a non-registered carrier and section 108 for failure to assist in an investigation.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £100, legal costs of £495.53 and a victim surcharge of £30. The total amount payable was £625.53.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said: "Fly-tipping simply will not and cannot be tolerated in South Holland, and it is always great when we are able to catch and successfully prosecute those responsible for blighting our towns, villages and countryside.

"Our enforcement officers work hard to tackle this important issue and bring offenders to justice, and results such as these send an important message that we will continue to take action and not let people get away with it.

"It also reinforces the importance of residents letting us know about incidents of fly-tipping as quickly and with as much detail as possible. The more information and time we have, the more likely we are to find those responsible and punish them accordingly."


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