Council is failing to tackle fly-tipping

Calerdale Council has failed to issue a single fixed penalty notice or make any prosecutions over fly-tipping in the past year. The figures released this month by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs show that despite over 1,100 incidents reported, the Council has failed to fine or prosecute anyone.

Cllr James Baker (Warley), the Liberal Democrat Economy and Environment spokesperson said:

“Although the Council has investigated these incidents and issued warnings it has failed to make a single prosecution or issue a single fine. This simply isn’t good enough, and sends out the message that people can blight our landscape and get away with it. The Labour run Council need to do more to tackle this environmental crime.”

The figures show that from 2012-13 there were 1,156 incidents of fly-tipping reported across the borough. This lead to 548 warning letters, 35 stop and searches and 11 formal cautions. The estimated cost of these investigations came to a total exceeding £40,000, and the cost of actions arising more than £30,000.