Fines is­sued over fly-tip nui­sance

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Oliv­er­ClayRWWN

HAL­TON res­i­dents have been fined three times since powers were in­tro­duced to crack down on fly-tip­pers ear­lier this year.

At time of writ­ing, £300 had been paid and £700 re­mained out­stand­ing but was ex­pected to be col­lected within two weeks.

Two of the fixed penalty no­tices (FPN) were is­sued to Run­corn res­i­dents and one to some­one from Widnes.

The fig­ures were re­leased un­der the Free­dom Of In­for­ma­tion Act.

Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board ap­proved the in­tro­duc­tion of FPNs for fly­tip­ping of­fences in March after be­ing rec­om­mended by en­vi­ron­ment and ur­ban pol­icy chiefs in February.

A month ear­lier at the turn of the year, the Wood­land Trust had shamed Wind­mill Hill woods in Run­corn as one of the na­tion’s worst fly-tip­ping hotspots.

The char­ity said 280 bags of rub­bish plus TVs, mat­tresses, white goods and other items had been re­moved from the east Run­corn woods dur­ing 2016.

It added that clean-up costs to­talled £23,000 over four years.

The mat­ter was re­ported in the Weekly News and also fea­tured in the Daily Tele­graph. ●

Un­der the fines scheme launch by Hal­ton Coun­cil, res­i­dents who fly-tip can be fined £400, re­duced to £300 if paid in 10 days.

It was hoped that in­tro­duc­ing FPNs would pro­vide an ad­e­quate de­ter­rent with­out the lo­cal au­thor­ity hav­ing to re­sort to pros­ecu- tion via the courts, which had been the only re­course to tak­ing ac­tion be­fore the fines’ were launched.

The level of fine was set at the max­i­mum level al­lowed un­der law after coun­cil staff re­viewed schemes in other ar­eas.

The Wood­land Trust

Fly­tip­ping hotspot in Wind­mill Hill woods, Run­corn, where 280 bags of rub­bish plus bulky items were re­moved in 2016

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