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!
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.
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
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.
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:-