[caption id="attachment_234" align="alignnone" width="225"] Fly-tipping in Harrow.[/caption]
- Local authorities in England recorded 1,002,154 cases of fly-tipping in 2016-17, up 7% on the previous year. This is equivalent to 114 every hour.
- The estimated cost to the taxpayer for clearing up fly-tipping was £58 million, up 16% on the previous year
- The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping fell by a quarter to 1,602, compared to 2,135 the previous year
Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, commented:
“Britain’s fly-tipping epidemic is spiralling out of control.
“Our roads and countryside are being turned into rubbish dumps, costing the taxpayer millions, but too many fly-tippers are being let off the hook.
“The government needs to do more to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.
“Cash-strapped councils need more funding so they can increase bin collections and stop charging people to get rid of large household goods.”
[caption id="attachment_235" align="alignleft" width="225"] Fly-tipping in Harrow.[/caption]
Chris Noyce, Liberal Democrat councillor for Rayners Lane said:
“Harrow has been particularly badly affected by fly-tipping — and the nuisance, smell, and vermin that go with it. This is not just a cosmetic problem; this is a quality of life issue for thousands of people living in Harrow”
In Harrow, the Liberal Democrats believe that the move to restrict access to the rubbish tip to residents only - and only if they remember to bring proof of residence - is likely to make this problem worse. In fact, we're campaigning to increase access to these sites, including opening up access to the Ruislip centre for local residents.