North Somerset Council's £74k fly-tipping bill
PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 February 2018
Fly-tipping cost North Somerset Council more than £74,000 last year, new figures reveal.
Data released by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show there were 2,064 reported fly-tipping incidents in the district from April 2016 to March 2017.
Although the cost is lower than the same period from 2015-2016, when the council spent £118,821 clearing 2,038 incidents, the illegal dumping has been labelled a ‘drain on taxpayers.’
A council spokesman said: “This cost figure is higher because there were a large number of incidents in this year involving vans.
“This clearly costs more to clear up than some dumped bin bags.
“Fly-tipping is an unacceptable practice that will not be tolerated by North Somerset Council.
“Not only is it socially unacceptable, it is also a drain on council tax payers.
“We will prosecute anyone found fly-tipping where possible and would also urge anyone with any information on fly-tipping cases to contact us.”
North Somerset Council has highlighted particular fly-tipping hotspots with East Dundry Lane seeing 39 separate incidents over the past two years while other areas across the district have also seen high levels of activity.
Wells Road in Dundry, is one of the other most regularly hit areas in the district along with Yanley Lane in Long Ashton.
Councils across the South West have spent almost £3million clearing up fly-tipping over the past 12 months with 44,745 cases reported in the region from April 2016 to March 2017 – a 30 per cent increase on the previous year.
Nationally taxpayers have forked out £58million at an average cost of £1,000 per incident.
The effects of fly-tipping are particularly felt by farmers who are often left bearing an average cost of £1,000 to clear rubbish from land themselves.
Last year North Somerset Council applied for a £500,000 grant from DEFRA’s Litter Innovation Fund in a bid to help reduce fly-tipping.
The money will be used to support research and development of innovative ways of tackling litter.