Hundreds of people got away with fly-tipping in North Somerset
PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 February 2018
Fly-tipping cost North Somerset Council around £74,000 last year – but it did not issue a single fixed-penalty notice.
The most-recent figures show how there were 2,604 reported fly-tipping incidents in the district from April 2016 to March 2017.
Council leader Nigel Ashton said: “I can’t believe we didn’t identify anyone and charge them.”
Although the council has prosecuted people through the courts, the authority can issue fixed-penalty fines of £150-400 for smaller offences – but did not do so.
A council officer said there are ongoing discussions among other authorities in the West of England about employing someone to target fly-tippers.
A lot of the fly-tipping incidents in North Somerset have also been attributed to people who live outside the area.
Some of the hotspots include Canada Coombe in Hutton and Roman Road in Bleadon.