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At last! Council gets its wish for new powers to combat fly-tipping

New powers to allow local authorities to issue on-the-spot fines for fly-tipping offences have been given a particularly warm welcome by Waltham Forest Council, as it has been leading the call for the government to introduce them for a number of years.


It was announced this week that Councils in England and Wales would be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) carrying a fine of up to £400 to those caught fly-tipping.


Responding to the announcement, Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We have been leading the lobby of Parliament for FPNs for low-level fly—tipping offences for quite some time now, so this announcement is welcome but long overdue.


“We know that a great many fly-tips are spur of the moment, irresponsible criminal acts, so it will be beneficial for us to be able to fine those responsible on the spot as a short sharp shock. The fine will allow us to cover collection and disposal costs for fly-tips, meaning that taxpayers will not be left footing the bill for someone else’s criminal actions.”


Waltham Forest Council is already leading the way in the fight against enviro-crime, and in particular fly-tipping. Last year it became one of the first Councils in London to utilise new powers allowing them to crush vehicles that had been seized as they had been used for fly-tipping.


A van that had been used to fly-tip building waste in Walthamstow was crushed following a conviction which saw the offender given a six-week suspended prison sentence.


The Council currently spends £1.5million a year clearing up fly-tipping, so there is a significant financial incentive to put an end to it.


“One of the things we invest in to discourage fly-tipping is our large item collection scheme,” added Cllr Loakes. “Unlike most London boroughs we continue to offer this service for free, so residents can arrange to have up to five large items such as furniture and white goods collected at a time.”


This week the Council launched a new campaign to tackle enviro-crime, focusing on issues such as fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling. Residents are being encouraged to do their bit to keep streets clean by recycling on the go, cleaning up after their pets and reporting fly-tippers to the Council.


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