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Council clamps down on fly-tipping with CCTV

Fly tipping Epsom

Published by Josh Kerr at 3:33pm 7th December 2018. (Updated at 4:11pm 7th December 2018)

Hart District Council has installed CCTV cameras around the district in a bid to put a stop to fly-tipping.

The Council currently deals with around 600 incidents of fly tipping a year and says it is an increasing blight on highways and open spaces.

Cameras have been placed in some of the most frequently dumped areas on a trial basis, aimed at catching fly-tippers and aid with prosecutions.

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence that is punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates' Court, or an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.

Amongst other enforcement activity, the Council will also be seeking to issue Fixed Penalty Notices with a maximum fine of £400 where domestic or commercial refuse is found to be fly-tipped.

Cllr Sara Kinnell, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said:

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and one that is an ongoing problem for Hart District Council. Its impact upon the quality of our environment is damaging and immediately visible.

"I believe that the measures we’ve put in place demonstrate that the Council will not tolerate this behaviour.

"We are not afraid to use the powers available to us, to take enforcement action that is appropriate and effective against any individual caught committing this abhorrent offence”.

The news comes following successful action against flying tipping in our area by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.

They fined the owners of a restaurant in north London £400 after waste from its refurbishment was dumped in the borough.

While they did not physically throw the rubbish into the street, the owners were unable to prove that they had disposed of their rubbish appropriately.

Councillor Peter O'Donovan, Chairman of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee said:

“We will always prosecute where we find evidence that someone has fly-tipped waste.

“Illegal carriers are a major source of fly tipping. We would like to remind people that they must ensure that the person taking their waste away is licensed for such activity.

"Failing to do so means they are breaking the law and will face a fine or even criminal prosecution along with the fly tippers.”

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