Councils Unite To Combat Fly-Tipping

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Councils Unite To Combat Fly-Tipping

Cotswold District Council and Moreton Town Council are embarking on a jointly funded project to tackle harmful fly tipping in ditches.

Both Councils have declared war on this illegal practice and have arranged for warning signs to be erected at various fly tipping ‘hot spots’ which they have identified in the Moreton-in-Marsh area. In many cases, fly tippers have been dumping rubbish in watercourses and have increased the risk of flooding.

Leader of Moreton Town Council, Rod Hooper, explained: "Enough is enough – we will not tolerate this anti-social practice. These new warning signs, jointly agreed and funded by both Councils, make it very clear that fly tippers will be prosecuted. There are no excuses – we have excellent arrangements in place for dealing with excess waste legally, and the vast majority of residents behave impeccably."

Councillor Barry Gibbs, the Cabinet Member responsible for public protection, added: "We live in a beautiful part of the country and we are determined to keep it that way by cracking down on a very small minority who dump rubbish illegally.

"Recently, the Environmental Wardens have turned up debris including car wheels, soiled nappies, deck chairs, and wooden furniture – as well as being unsightly, this can also be very dangerous because the rubbish often impedes water courses and this can lead to severe flooding."

Since appointing a team of Environment Wardens last year, Cotswold District Council has started to mount a widespread offensive against fly tipping across the region.

Working with the public, the team has adopted a very proactive stance, uncovering and reporting incidents which would probably have been overlooked in the past. They have also reminded residents that they could face reprisals if they engage waste disposal contractors who do not comply with the law.

The Wardens have already identified a number of ‘hot spots’ and are monitoring these vigorously in the hope that they will identify and capture illegal dumpers.

Posted : 23/03/2010 19:47:26

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