East Lancashire fly tipping success
3:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
EAST Lancashire councils were among the most successful in tackling flytippers last year, new figures revealed.
Burnley Council were the second best in the country when it came to prosecuting offenders, while Blackburn were 15th.
The two councils were also two of the biggest spenders when it came to investigating the crime, spending £463,695 between them.
Burnley’s aggressive approach - out of 4,401 cases of flytipping, it took action 4,123 times - saw dumping cut by 10 per cent in 2012.
The council’s executive member for community services, Coun Tony Harrison, said: “This is excellent news. There are still too many incidents of fly-tipping but we’ve made a positive impact in reducing them and we will continue our good work.
“We will continue to carry out investigations to gather evidence and, where we can, we will and do take people to court.”
Blackburn with Darwen Council logged 2,880 cases of dumping. It took action against 1,549 offenders.
Executive member for environment, Coun Jim Smith, said: “We take a tough stance against those who dump rubbish, and when I talk to fellow residents, this is something they agree with.
“We will continue to combat those who decide to blight our community, whilst naming and shaming in the local press those who we successfully prosecute.”
Hyndburn Council handed warnings to 521 offenders and prosecuted 14 after logging 1,006 incidents of illegal dumping of waste.
Ribble Valley Council reported 483 instances of flytipping, while Rossendale Council reported 444. Between them, they took action against 51 offenders.
Pendle Council, which recorded 2,278 instances of flytipping, didn’t take action against anybody. Despite 1,878 investigations being carried out at a cost of £61,974, nobody was warned, given a fixed penalty, cautioned or prosecuted.
A spokesman said: “Our environmental crime team investigates fly tips that are either reported to us by local residents or discovered during our scheduled visits to an area.
“Officers search for evidence within the rubbish in the hope of finding information about where it could have come from. “Occasionally something is found and the team follows up leads to try and catch the perpetrators.
“Unfortunately this isn’t as often as we would like. Quite often the waste doesn’t hold any information about the tipper or the producer.”
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