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Solihull Council spend out thousands on fly tipping

The council has spent out nearly £90,000 on illegal fly tipping in Solihull last year but no fines were issued

There were over 1,000 incidents of fly tipping in Solihull Borough last year
There were over 1,000 incidents of fly tipping in Solihull Borough last year

SOLIHULL Council spent an estimated £87,000 on clearing up fly tipping in the borough last year - without being able to recoup anything back in fines.

Figures recently released by the Government show there were 1,121 incidents of fly tipping in 2012/13, with the highest proportion of rubbish being dumped on council land.

There were also 576 household waste incidents, 20 occasions where asbestos was found and 36 tyre incidents.

Despite the authority forking out more than £12,000 on attempting to bring those responsible to justice, the council did not issue any financial penalties to anyone last year.

Solihull’s MP Lorely Burt said more action needed to be taken.

“Fly tipping is a scourge and people who do it should be prosecuted,” she told the paper.

“I am a little disappointed to learn that Solihull has not achieved any prosecutions in the last year.

“People come to Solihull because it is a nice place to live and anyone who damages and disfigures the environment of Solihull should have the book thrown at them.”

Councillor Kate Wild, cabinet member for environmental and community services, said: “Although a spend of £87k on clearing fly tipping actually represents a reduction compared to previous years, clearly we would much rather be spending this money on providing other services for our residents.

“Fly tipping is something we take very seriously, and we encourage the public to report all incidents to us, however large or small.”

 

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