Published: Tuesday, 20th December 2016
A woman who fly-tipped garden waste at Blickling Lake has been fined £150 for her actions, under new local powers.
Thanks to the vigilance of a Broadland resident who witnessed the illegal dumping, Broadland District Council was able to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). The witness saw the woman fly-tipping tree branches and was able to provide details of the fly-tipper and a vehicle registration number.
FPNs for fly-tipping came into force in May of this year when the government gave local authorities greater powers to tackle the crime. Penalty notices of between £150 and £200 can now be issued to those caught in the act of fly-tipping, and act as a quicker alternative to prosecuting fly-tippers through the courts, saving time and money.
Fly-tipping of any kind is illegal and holds a penalty of a fine of up to £50,000 and/or up to 5 years in prison.
Councillor John Fisher, Broadland District Council’s portfolio holder for environmental excellence, said:
“Not only does fly-tipping spoil the natural environment and blight the beautiful Broadland landscape, but it also creates a possible hazard to the public.
“Any waste that is dumped is illegal and we have a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping.
“The new Fixed Penalty Notice powers allow us to tackle fly-tipping more effectively, and the money from fines helps finance keeping the district tidy.”
Broadland District Council has spent £20,000 dealing with asbestos-related fly-tipping incidents this year alone. Officers take a zero-tolerance approach to illegal dumping and are keen to hear from the public if a fly-tipping offence has been witnessed.
Household garden waste and business trade waste collections are available through subscription services.
If you have any information about illegal fly-tipping incidents, please contact Broadland District Council’s environment team on 01603 430534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also report fly tipping online at www.broadland.gov.uk/flytipping.