Hundreds of people got away with fly-tipping in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 February 2018

Fly-tipping in Worle.

Fly-tipping in Worle.

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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.

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