Fly-tipping is a 'drain on tax-payers' as council forks out £74k to clean up dumped waste
PUBLISHED: 07:00 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 31 January 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 a total of 2,064 reported fly-tipping incidents in the district from April 2016 to March 2017.
Although this figure is lower than the same period from 2015-2016, when the council spent £118,821 clearing 2,038 incidents, the illegal practice has been labelled a ‘drain on tax-payers.’
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.”
The council has highlighted a number of fly-tipping hotspots in the district, with Canada Coombe in Weston seeing 26 separate incidents, while there were 18 in Bleadon’s Roman Road.
Locking Road and Victoria Quadrant in Weston, Silver Moor Lane and Wint Hill Lane in Banwell, and Puxton Lane in Puxton have all high levels of fly-tipping activity from 2016-2017.
Councils across the South West have spent a total of 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.
David Llewellyn-Jones was set to move into a flat in Nightingale Close, Worle, but found neighbouring land was full of rubbish, including fridges and freezers, which were attracting pests.
Although a company has begun clearing some of the waste some still remains and North Somerset Council has confirmed it is investigating it as a fly-tipping incident.
He said: “The boundary fence has been destroyed and the scrap, rubbish, rats and vermin are now mounting up against the gable and wall.”