Litter, fly-tipping and dumping – Lunt Village residents could not agree more!

England’s rubbish challenge

Littering has become “endemic” in England, according to a report from the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG).

This was the sight to meet residents in Lunt Village -  this morning 20th March 2015 - Don't you wish you knew who put it here so you could chuck it in their front garden to see how they would like it!

This was the sight to meet residents in Lunt Village – this morning 20th March 2015 – Don’t you wish you knew who put it here so you could chuck it in their front garden to see how they would like it!

It recommends tougher littering fines and a national strategy to be put in place before local councils become overwhelmed. Fly-tipping and fast-food litter have both jumped by 20% in the past year. “The failure to make a noticeable improvement in litter levels in the last 12 years points to a lack of vigour, if not complacency, within Government over the past decade,” the report stated. Jeremy Paxman told the Independent the country was in a “disgusting state”. He added: “If we don’t do something now …. We’ll be handing on the country to our children and grandchildren and inviting them to live in basically a rubbish tip.”

The Independent, The Times & The Daily Telegraph covered this story

This was me in Lunt a while back checking out the dumping. Sadly, the powers that be are still not effectively tackling it.

This was me in Lunt a while back checking out the dumping. Sadly, the powers that be are still not effectively tackling it.

Sefton Council tells me the amount of fly-tipping around Lunt Village is not enough to consider measures such as bringing in the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency tells me it’s up to Sefton Council to sort out the fly-tipping. But the dumping and fly-tipping continues day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. We go around in circles and no one in authority will take responsibility to seriously identify and tackle those who deliberately trash our local environment. Yes, this makes me angry but is anything actually going to be done following this report from DCLG to change this cycle of environmental destruction?

With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story

Figures show a rise in fly- tipping

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.

More powers needed to combat fly-tipping – Lunt, Ince Blundell & Melling residents would agree!

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.”

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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.

Stop Trashing Lunt Village!

If there is one thing that gets me really angry it is those lazy beggars who dump rubbish wherever they please. Don’t you just wish the Council had the power to take what they have dumped and put it their front gardens to see how they would like it? Trouble is their neighbours would have to see it too.

Just look at these latest photos from around lovely rural Lunt Village which is regularly trashed by idiots who care nothing for our environment:-

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In fact I took these photo’s today having been contacted by a resident of the Village. This happens time and time again and it is vital that we identify who is doing it. Some of it this time is household dumping whist some is clearly contractors rubble from work on a property.

Residents of Lunt do not deserve this fly-tipping (and I include the Leader of Sefton Council here) but some people must hate our environment so much that all they want to do is to trash it!

Fly-tippers tip-offs sought – A plan for Sefton?

Enfield Council is offering rewards of £500 to residents who help them trace fly-tippers.

This is an interesting way forward and I wonder whether it could work in Sefton where long-standing fly-tipping and rubbish dumping occurs on a very regular basis in places like Lunt, Ince Blundell and the rural parts of Melling.

Come on Sefton let’s look at an innovative solution; if it works great, if it does not well at least we tried.

My last posting on this matter was:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/02/28/lunt-fly-tipping-will-link-road-help-it-seems-not/