Flytippers going unpunished in South Kesteven and Rutland according to Government data
Government data has revealed that no flytippers were prosecuted in South Kesteven during 2019/20 – despite more than 900 incidents being recorded.
During the year, there were 922 recorded incidents of fly-tipping in the district. Just seven cases resulted in warning letter actions, while zero fixed penalty notices were issued to the culprits.
According to the data, there were 6.5 incidents per 1,000 people in South Kesteven. Out of the total 975,631 reported incidents of flytipping in England, just 13,416 resulted in a fine (1.38 per cent) and 0.76 per cent of incidents in SKDC resulted in a warning letter action.
In contrast, of the 75,081 incidents recorded in the East Midlands, 5,287 warning letter actions were issued – about seven per cent.
In South Kesteven, 118 of the 922 incidents were recorded on footpaths or bridleways, and 60 designated as ‘highway incidents’.
A whopping 519 of the recorded flytippings in the district were ‘other household waste incidents,’ as well as 34 which fell under the ‘asbestos incidents’ category.
SKDC’s cabinet member for commercial and operations Peter Moseley (Con) said: “There is no excuse to flytip when there are so many waste disposal facilities available. It is a selfish act which pollutes the environment for everyone and wastes public money in clear-up costs.
“There are people out there who know how flytips have got there. We need evidence or witnesses and will do our very best to prosecute whenever we can, working with residents to tackle this criminal behaviour.
“There’s usually very little evidence in smaller tipping incidents so we rely on witnesses to help us.
“Our Big Clean teams and street scene staff do a great job at keeping the district clean and tidy but we need public support when it comes to tackling flytipping and ask that they report incidents through the council’s website southkesteven.gov.uk
“Please be vigilant. If you see something suspicious, then report it or we could see more of the same.”
SKDC urged anyone using a waste carrier to check that they are legal and registered by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or visiting https://bit.ly/check-waste-carrier – otherwise they risk prosecution for using an unlicensed carrier.
In Rutland, there were 219 incidents of flytipping during 2019/20, with just three fixed penalty notices handed out and one letter handed out.
However, the county was ranked 309th out of 317 local authority areas when it came to flytipping.
Cabinet member for the environment at Rutland County Council Lucy Stephenson (Con) said: “Where we have sufficient evidence we will prosecute flytippers to the full extent of the law. People can help us by reporting flytipping at www.fixmystreet.com.”