Fenland Council DOUBLES fixed penalty notices for fly tipping as more residents than ever come forward to report offenders
PUBLISHED: 12:56 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:56 24 January 2017
Those caught fly tipping in Fenland will in future face a £400 fixed penalty notice - double the current fine.
And Fenland Council is confident the numbers being fined will rise as more people come forward to report offenders.
“Most recently a campaign of encouraging residents to inform the council of fly tipping in their locality has proven successful,” said environmental health manager Annabel Tighe.
Residents were coming forward offering information, photographs and providing witness statements “which have often resulted in a successful prosecution”.
In a report to councillor she added: “Fly tipping is a high profile community issue with on average 120 cases being reported each month in Fenland.”
Her report, considered by cabinet last Thursday, said £400 was the maximum fixed penalty notice allowed by law.
In the past six months the council has issued five fixed penalty notices at £200 but she said raising it to £400 “is in keeping with the level of financial penalties currently being awarded by the courts”.
The fixed penalty notices will be issued for offences involving the dumping of small-scale household or commercial waste, including builder’s rubble, household items, white goods, black refuse sacks and tyres.
Prosecutions will still be brought for bigger, more serious offences and for failure to pay the fixed penalty.
Councillor Peter Murphy, the Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: “Fly tipping is a major problem in Fenland, as it is throughout the country.
“Clearing up the mess costs us thousands of pounds every year that could otherwise go towards other services.”
He said: “The increased penalties will not only act as a greater deterrent; they will also save the time and money involved in taking the smaller-scale cases to court.
Since 2015 six cases of small-scale fly tipping have been successfully prosecuted; each time a fine and costs totalling between £300 and £500 have been awarded.