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Local Government Association wants maximum punishment to be handed out to fly-tippers, but a South Holland environmental leader has concerns

A call for tougher punishments to be handed out to fly-tippers has been challenged by one of those tackling the problem in South Holland.

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, in charge of environmental services across the area, suggested that a "measured approach"was needed to the fly-tipping problem.

A report by the Local Government Association (LGA), a body representing county, district, parish and town councils in England and Wales, urged the Government to review the guidance it gives courts on sentencing those convicted of fly-tipping.

The report, published on Saturday, found that the maximum sentence of a £50,000 fine or 12 months in prison had not been imposed in any of the court cases looked at by the LGA since 2014.

Coun Gambba-Jones said: "Within South Holland, we're fully satisfied with the support that we get from our local courts.

"We've had some notable successes and I think the message has been very clear to the people we've been able to get before our local courts.

"Sweeping everybody into the same category for fly-tipping is dangerous and so we need a measured approach that allows us to do the investigations, get people before the courts and have them treated in an appropriate manner."

More than 650 fly-tipping investigations took place in South Holland during 2017-18, according to the LGA's report based on figures provided by the Environment Agency.

But of these, just eight resulted in fines imposed by the courts.

The problem of fly-tipping was the subject of a summit hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones, along with his deputy Stuart Tweedale, in February.

RUBBISH SUMMIT: Marc Jones, Stuart Tweedale and councillors from across Lincolnshire at a flytipping summit.
RUBBISH SUMMIT: Marc Jones, Stuart Tweedale and councillors from across Lincolnshire at a flytipping summit.

Mr Jones said: "It is clear that fly-tipping is a huge problem for all our communities and it is having a significant impact on resident’s quality of life.

"Partnership working will be crucial so I am keen to analyse the information we have gathered, find examples of positive steps taken around the UK and then see what projects we can create that will begin to make a difference."


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