Local authorities carried out 515,000 enforcement actions in the same period at a cost of £17.6m.
Landowners believe the problem could have been exacerbated by increases to council tip charges, while others say it is down to the ‘professionalism’ of fly-tippers and lack of police and council resources to track offenders down.
It came as Richard Weston, of Frederick Street, Woodville, was caught disposing of old dishwasher parts in a rural lane by officers from South Derbyshire District Council and ordered to pay £1,236.
The council said it was its fourth successful conviction for waste offences in the last six months and ‘sends out a strong message we will not tolerate behaviour which threatens the district’s reputation as a clean, green and safe place to be’.
Fly-tippers crushed a metal gate when they dumped several tonnes of waste at the entrance to a farm in Inglewhite, Preston, Lancashire (pictured) earlier this month.
Stakeholders in Hertfordshire have also been taking steps to address the fly-tipping menace.
Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council and the county’s 10 district and borough councils have agreed a single, county-wide definition of fly-tipping, a standardised recording process, a single point of contact in each district’s Safer Neighbourhood Team and a £400,000 nuisance fund for fly-tipping, fly-grazing and anti-social behaviour.
Hertfordshire Constabulary will soon introduce a revised ‘force control room process’ for reporting fly-tipping, based on success in Three Rivers District Council, where referrals are passed internally between agencies after a first point of contact from the public.
Dr Amie Birkhamshaw, head of policy and engagement at the Hertfordshire office of the police and crime commissioner, said: “Fly-tipping is one of those issues raised most frequently to the commissioner. It is something which blights many communities but which we can only tackle effectively when all the relevant agencies work together.”
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