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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Fly-tipping falls in South Lakeland

THE number of cases of fly-tipping has dropped in South Lakeland, according to the latest figures.

Figures show that in 2013/14 South Lakeland District Council staff investigated 617 reported cases of fly-tipping in the district.

This is down 17.5 per cent on last year’s figure of 748 reported cases, and down by more than a quarter on the 828 reported cases two years ago.

In the past 18 months SLDC has successfully prosecuted nine fly-tippers and two more cases - one in Kendal and one in the Ulverston area - are ongoing.

Action taken against fly-tippers can range from fixed penalty notices, warning letters, fines and custodial sentences.

The maximum penalty for fly-tipping that can be imposed by the courts is a £50,000 fine and up to five years in prison for the most serious offences.

According to SLDC neighbourhood enforcement officer John Barwise, the authority’s tough stance on fly tipping is being reflected in the falling numbers of incidents being reported.

Mr Barwise said: “The message seems to be getting through that we take a strong line on fly-tipping in South Lakeland.

“But equally we are not complacent. We are very thorough and leave no stone unturned in our investigations. We will get in there with our gloves on to search through the fly-tipped waste to find evidence to trace the person responsible.”

In the most serious fly-tipping incident in the past few years several tonnes of asbestos and some old fridges were dumped in a quiet country lane close to a water course.

In the most recent prosecution, a fly-tipper was hit with fines and court costs totalling nearly £900 for dumping an old mattress and the frame of a bed in Windermere.

Mr Barwise added: “We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and we want to make sure it stays that way and isn’t spoiled by the thoughtless actions of fly-tippers.”

South Lakeland District Councillor, Sue Sanderson, portfolio holder for environment and people, said: “It is in our Council Plan that we intend to look after our high quality environment and address quality of life issues.

“Tackling fly-tipping and prosecuting fly-tippers is a good, practical example of the council meeting its objectives.”

To report a fly-tipping incident call SLDC’s Customer Contact Centre on 0845 0504434 or the Environment Agency on 0800 807060, providing details of the location and a description of the waste.

Have your say

They want to operate the cctv at the park car park opposite furness academy, there is nearly every day mattress's, suitcases etc etc, even materials that you recycle pilling high. it does say cctv in operation, do they catch these people or is it just used as a deterrent as it is obviously not working. very nice wanting to go for a walk in the park do be met with the new barrow tip!

Posted by come on barrow on 4 April 2014 at 10:49

More to do with the fact the tip is now open 7 days a week!! Good on the council aswell. It never used to open "after work" times.

Posted by Tip User on 4 April 2014 at 09:48

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