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Fly tipping rise

Incidents of dumped waste in the Arun district have risen by more than six times in eight years.

 

The cases of large-scale fly-tipping handled by Arun District Council had soared from 15 in 2011/12 to 93 in the year to the end of last March.

 

The intervening years saw the number of incidents varied but they tripled between the last two years of the period from 30 to 93.

 

Clearing up the mess cost the council nearly £28,500 during the total period.

 

The details have been compiled from figures sent by Arun, along with all other local councils, to the government.

 

nationally, the number of large scale fly-tips was up by 117 per cent last year at 36,263 against 2012/13.

 

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up £50,000 or a year in jail if convicted in a magistrates’ court. The sentences are greater for high court cases.

 

But Local Government Association environment spokesman Cllr David Rennard said more action was needed from Whitehall to help tackle the issue.

 

“The new government needs to ensure councils have the funding needed to investigate incidents and should review sentencing guidelines for fly-tipping, so that fly-tippers are given bigger fines for more serious offences to help deter incidents.”

 

Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The rise in large scale fly-tipping incidents being reported each year is truly shocking.”

 

Information from the BBC Shared Data Unit

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