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Getting even tougher on flytippers

Central Government looks set to follow the advice of Waltham Forest Council in enacting legislation that will allow tougher measures to be taken against flytippers.


The changes will make it easier for the Council to seize vehicles from flytippers caught in the act. The Council is asking that Fixed Penalty Notices are the next thing on the list for consideration as they continue their battle against flytipping.


“We've been asking for these changes for years and have been the leading voice on the subject,” said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment. “The prospect of being able to seize vehicles more easily is good news


“In practice it will hopefully mean that we will be able to seize vehicles without the necessity of a court order. This will be the first time we have had this power and I believe it will act as a real deterrent as well as a significant measure in the punishment of those people who continue to dump rubbish in Waltham Forest.”


In addition to the seizure of vehicles, Cllr Loakes has also called on Government to allow local authorities to introduce a Fixed Penalty Notice of £500 for low level one-off offences of flytipping.


“Seizing vehicles will help us combat organised unlawful waste carriers – the rogue ‘white van man’ – but we know that actually a great many flytips are one-off spur of the moment irresponsible decisions,” explained Cllr Loakes.


“For those people it will be much more beneficial to simply fine them on the spot as a short sharp shock. The fine will also allow us to cover the cost of the collection and disposal of flytips and avoid having to take expensive court action that may only result in a caution, leaving us with a substantial bill to foot.”


Recent figures released in relation to the work of all London boroughs regarding flytipping have shown that Waltham Forest Council’s tough stance is having the desired effect.


In 2013/14 the Council carried out 17,176 separate actions for fly-tipping, the second highest of all the 32 London borough councils. However for the same period Waltham Forest places 19th amongst London boroughs for number of fly-tipping incidents reported.


To report fly-tipping phone 020 8496 3000 or fill in the online form on the Council’s website: www.walthamforest.gov.uk


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