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Spalding councillor fears new Government 'crackdown' will not tackle fly-tipping issue

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Government’s planned crackdown to tackle fly-tipping will not tackle the cause of the issue in South Holland, says a leading councillor.

Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council’s environmental services portfolio holder, does not feel that the latest Government proposal to scrap tip fees will make a difference.

Last week the Government announced its plan to ‘crackdown’ on fly-tipping but people in this area do not feel that it will tackle the root cause of the problem.

Spalding Common and Drain Bank North in Cowbit fly-tipping (56126202)
Spalding Common and Drain Bank North in Cowbit fly-tipping (56126202)

The Government has announced that it could be scrapping fees for households dumping plasterboards, bricks and bath units at household waste recycling centres.

While there are no charges at Lincolnshire’s tips, you do need a permit for pick-ups.

Fly-tipping has become an issue in South Holland as residents and landowners grow increasingly fed-up with the piles of waste blighting our beautiful countryside.

South Holland had 1,520 incidents reported during the 2020-2021 financial year.

Coun Gambba-Jones, who stressed that household tips were not run by the district council, says that the district spends thousands on disposing hazardous waste.

He says that the new proposal will not tackle the problems of fly-tipping and dubbed it as ‘another piece of nonsense’.

Coun Gambba-Jones said: “From my prospective I would suggest that the guys that are doing it would continue to do it.

“It is a headline grabber and another piece of nonsense.

“I would like to think that their hearts are in the right place but the criminals are racking in millions of pounds and are doing this stuff on an industrial scale.”

He said that the council on average spends £15,000 to £20,000 in removing hazardous waste such as asbestos.

Coun Gambba-Jones said: “As a tax-payer I am just as frustrated.

“For us it is a unnecessary diversion for our team when they could be working within our villages and towns across the whole of South Holland.”

The Government crack-down will also include £450,000 council grants to fund:

l The use of covert and overt CCTV cameras at hot-spot locations can help to reduce the numbers of people dumping waste illegally

l Buckinghamshire Council plans to use a combination of AI enabled Rapid Deployable Cameras (RDC) and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to provide an alert to any visible left items at fly-tipping hotspots

l Delivering education to communities on fly-tipping

l Newham Council will receive funding to prevent bags being on the street in front of business premises which can attract additional waste

Executive Director of the Environmental Services Association Jacob Hayler said:”There is no single ‘silver bullet’ to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping so we are pleased to see the Government announcing a range of new measures to help deter this deeply anti-social criminal behaviour.”

l Send your views on this to jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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