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.



One thought on “Council is failing to tackle fly-tipping

  1. tax payer says:

    First may I say that I do not condone or agree with anybody that carries out fly tipping in any shape or form but I have just returned from a trip to dispose of some unwanted items at the tip at deanclough. Having queued for nearly 10 minutes and almost at the front of a long queue I was turned away by one of the operatives who said the tip closes at 4 pm! He then closed the gates on me and a long line of traffic behind me, when questioned he pointed to the sign that says it closes at 4 pm,I pointed out that the sign is not visible to anyone in the queue until you get the gate. Obviously he was not interested in me or anyone else who had been waiting in the long line of cars. Surely the council can find a solution to this, maybe put a barrier further down the road to stop cars queuing and if the tip is busy close it at 10 minutes before closing time?
    I would not be surprised if some of the drivers just tipped the rubbish at the road side with the amount of angry drivers that drove away after wasting their time queuing.
    Concerned Tax payer!

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