Recently published Government figures show there were more than 750,000 incidents of fly-tipping last year.
Analysis of the data by the Guardian shows Newham, east London, was the worst-offending borough, with more than 22 incidents per 100 people last year. According to the paper, the top ten worst local authorities per 100 people is dominated by London boroughs, with Haringey, Enfield and Southwark following Newham. Only two areas outside the capital – Burnley and Great Yarmouth – appear in the top ten.
This took my eye because of the recently documented (on this blog site) problem areas for fly-tipping in Melling, Lunt Village and Ince Blundell. Since I raised them, yet again, I have tried to get the Environment Agency to take some action. Sadly, however, they say that the fly-tipping is not at the level at which they will take over management of the problem from Sefton Council. It does make you wonder how bad it has to get before we reach the ‘tipping’ point!
With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story.
Councils in England and Wales have called for more powers to punish fly-tippers who are costing taxpayers millions of pounds every year. The Local Government Association (LGA) said that councils should be handed the ability to issue on-the-spot fines or fixed penalty notices to those who dump rubbish in a bid to tackle the 711,000 incidents putting a huge strain on budgets and resources on an annual basis. Currently fly-tipping costs councils £36m every year. Peter Box, the LGA’s environment spokesman, said: “It is utterly unacceptable and inexcusable for anyone to dump waste illegally and councils know how much people hate seeing this sort of vandalism on their doorsteps. Not only does fly-tipping create an eyesore for residents, it is also a serious public health risk, creating pollution and attracting rats and other vermin.”
My postings about fly-tipping in Lunt Village and Ince Blundell (not forgetting places like Spurriers Lane in Melling) of the recent past refer. Residents who have to live with dumped rubbish and farmers who have to remove it from their land are as sick and tired of this criminal activity as local authorities are.
With thanks to LGiU for the lead to this story.
How very sad that someone decided to try to end the life of this formerly healthy tree which is outside Bootle’s Strand Shopping Centre. Why would anyone do such a thing? It beggars belief to me as an environmental campaigner.
Having represented Lunt Village for a number of years now I am fully aware of the activities of those who choose to dump rubbish rather than dispose of it properly.
Lunt Village has long been a fly-tipping area in its back lanes that, until recently, connected it with Thornton. The new Switch Island to Thornton Link Road servers the linking single track road that once connected these two communities. The road has been shut for a couple of months now.
Shut it may be but the dumping continues much to the frustration of Lunt’s residents who keep me posted about the environmental crime.
BT phone directories
Recently I toured the area from Lunt right through to Ince Blundell with a Sefton Council Environmental Protection Officer. The objective was to make her aware of the problem spots from my perspective but also for me to understand what she can do to help.
We found the usual rubbish – builder’s rubble, tyres, some asbestos, household junk etc. but the Environmental Officer saw something that I may have overlooked. Yes I saw it but instead of my thinking why dump compost she was informing me that this was the remnants of a pot-farm! We found quite a lot of it and a distinctive smell could be noticed if the compost remains were disturbed. We also found huge numbers of BT telephone directories in a stream – it seems that someone may well have been paid to deliver them to houses but they could well have pocketed the money and delivered hundreds of the books to the stream that sits at the side of Longdale in Lunt Village.
Pot farm remains and tyres
The problem – Evidence! We desperately need registration numbers of the vehicles bringing rubbish to be dumped. The problem, however, is that the dumpers and fly-tippers tend to turn up at the dead of night when no one is around.
More Pot farm remains
We have previously discussed covert surveillance and this will be looked at again. The trouble is it costs an arm and a leg. But if just one fly-tipper could be brought to court, fined and made a public show of maybe it would be a lesson to others?