With Lewes District Council amongst the top councils in the country for dealing with fly-tipping and its prevention, the local authority’s no-nonsense approach was clear to see recently after imposing fines totalling nearly £1,000 on two offenders.
The first incident involved the fly-tipping of six bags of dry wall insulation by a resident that resulted in a £400 fine. This was followed by another £400 fine for someone who thought they could dump cardboard and packaging materials.
Councillor Paul Franklin, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Waste & Recycling, said:
“I want fly-tippers to know that there are no second chances when Lewes District Council catch you. You’ll receive a hefty fine and pay to have the rubbish cleared up.
“Describing fly-tipping as anti-social behaviour doesn’t really do it justice, it’s a crime and we simply won’t tolerate it in the district.”
In a recent report by GMB Southern, the Lewes district was shown to have the lowest amount of fly-tipping in the South East and the district council was confirmed as one of the most active in dealing with incidents.
If a fly tip is reported, council officers visit the scene, take photographs and sift through for evidence, carry out house to house enquiries, check any CCTV footage, take witness statements and interview suspects.
Councillor Franklin added:
“Lewes District Council is leading the way on tackling this problem because we are proactive and will take action when a report of fly-tipping is received.
“One of these recent fines followed concerns raised by local people in a neighbourhood. We acted on them quickly and residents can be assured that approach won’t change.”
Everyone has a duty to ensure their waste, whether from a home or a business, is disposed of properly, including when a third party takes it away. On these occasions it’s important to check they are licensed to dispose of your waste and record details such as the registration number of the vehicle being used.
Anyone with any information on suspected fly-tipping in Lewes district are asked to report it here.
Published on November 28, 2017