Blog is a collection of diary entries, news, gossip and other Cotswold
Cotswold DC gets tough on fly tippers
Cotswold residents risk prosecution by not ensuring their rubbish is disposed of properly.
Fly-tipping investigators from Cotswold District Council formally interviewed several householders recently whose waste had been dumped illegally without their knowledge.
Everyone has a duty of care to ensure their rubbish is going to somebody who is authorised to deal with it and has a waste carrier’s licence. Not exercising that duty is a criminal offence.
Technical Officer Hilary Beach said: “Many people are shocked when we ask them about their items that have been fly-tipped because they had no idea they were not being disposed of properly.
“Fly tipping is environmental crime and we will do everything within our powers to stamp it out.
“We are urging residents to make sure that anyone taking rubbish away from their homes has a waste carrier’s licence. That applies to builders, gardeners, odd job men and even friends and relatives – you need to make sure they are taking your waste to the tip.
“If we find information relating to you at a fly tip we will follow it up and may even take formal action.”
The Council is currently investigating several cases of fly-tipping which could result in legal action being taken against the offenders.
Fly-tippers can face fines of up to £50,000 and/or six months in jail and the Environment Agency can seize vehicles belonging to offenders.
The District Council recently carried out a successful stop and search operation which targeted fly-tippers in conjunction with several other agencies, including the police, Customs & Excise and the Environment Agency.
Residents have also been invited to help identify fly-tippers from pictures featured on the Council’s website at www.cotswold.gov.uk.
Traders seeking advice about applying for a waste carrier’s licence should contact the Environment Agency at email@example.com or on 08708 506506
: 04/06/2007 15:44:01
recent Cotswolds news items
Plans for the interior fit out of a Scout Group hut in Chipping Norton have been given an £18,000 funding boost from West Oxfordshire District Council.
The new fit out is for a brand new hut to be... [more]
Woodstock's outdoor heated swimming pool reopens for summer on Saturday 22 April.
With a 25 metre main pool and a depth of 3.5 metres, it is ideal for diving enthusiasts and there is a separate pa... [more]
Members of a youth club are celebrating after councillors agreed a £50,000 grant to help build their new purpose-built home.
The Woodstock Youth Centre will now press ahead with its plans to const... [more]
To view the