New penalties introduced for Cherwell fly-tippers

Flytipping in Banbury NNL-160525-154751001
Flytipping in Banbury NNL-160525-154751001

Over the past three years, Cherwell District Council has spent more than £150,000 clearing up fly tipping.

Last week councillors at CDC voted to introduce fixed penalty notices of £250 for people found to be dumping small amounts of waste, car boot size or smaller.

Contents was dumped near St James Lake in Brackley on Saturday, March 12. NNL-160316-141806001

Contents was dumped near St James Lake in Brackley on Saturday, March 12. NNL-160316-141806001

In recent years Cherwell has recorded between 390 to 470 flytips annually, an average of 430 per year during the years 2009/10 to 2014/15.

But during 2015 to 2016 the figure rose to 558 and in the first quarter of this year, 145 illegal dumps have been recorded.

So far this year, the cost of clearing up fly tipping has cost the council £42,300.

In 2015/16, CDC spent £56,841 on investigating and clearing fly tipping while in 2014/15, it cost £57,252. In 2013/14, it cost CDC £42,933 to clear dumped rubbish.

Debbie Pickford, Cherwell’s councillor for clean and green, said: “Fly tipping is an entirely selfish act which has far-reaching repercussions on the environment, wildlife and innocent taxpayers.

“While those responsible for dumping rubbish may only see it as ‘a few bits’ of furniture this soon adds up when repeated across the district and it places immense pressure on publicly-funded services which are already stretched to the limit.

“Last year alone the cost of clearing and investigating fly tips was in excess of £56,000 which is money that could have been spent on other resources to benefit the community. Instead, innocent taxpayers who take the time to dispose of their rubbish correctly end up contributing towards the costs of those who can’t be bothered and the local environment and wildlife often suffer.

“What is even more frustrating is that in so many of these cases the fly tip is entirely unnecessary. Small electrical items, such as hairdryers, drills and DVD players which fit inside a carrier bag can be recycled for free by being left on the top of residents’ rubbish bins on collection day. Equally Cherwell will remove up to three large items of furniture or white goods for just £16 or if they are in good condition, many charity shops will collect for free.

“The message we need to drill home is that fly tipping has a huge impact on everyone, not just council resources and by working together to identify those responsible we can make sure it’s the guilty culprits who pay the price, not everyone else.”

People needing to dispose of rubbish are reminded they have a duty of care and are responsible for making sure their rubbish is properly disposed of under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.