Fly-tip­ping clean-up cost coun­cil more than £150,000

South Wales Echo - - News -

FLY-TIP­PING in­ci­dents in Caer­philly county bor­ough cost the coun­cil more than £150,000 to clear last year, a re­port has re­vealed.

Nearly 2,000 re­ports of lit­ter be­ing dumped were made to the coun­cil, a re­duc­tion of 15% on the pre­vi­ous year’s 2,359.

Across Wales, coun­cils re­ceived 38,614 re­ports of fly-tip­ping, cost­ing the tax payer more than £2.18m to clear.

Ear­lier this year, Caer­philly coun­cil agreed to im­ple­ment fines of up to £400 with no dis­count for early pay­ment.

And at a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, the coun­cil could agree to take fur­ther steps to re­cover the costs of clean­ing up from per­pe­tra­tors.

Re­cov­er­ing costs could be taken when “the amount be­ing pur­sued is above the eco­nom­i­cal debt re­cov­ery thresh­old,” ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil re­port.

The re­port says: “The law of tres­pass of­fers a po­ten­tial civil cause of ac­tion in order to pur­sue the re­cov­ery of fly­tip­ping clean-up costs.

“Tres­pass deals with in­ter­fer­ence with the en­joy­ment of land, but it is a pro­pri­etary claim and so is only an op­tion in cir­cum­stances where the coun­cil owns the land upon which waste is de­posited.

“Cabinet are there­fore asked to con­sider a rec­om­men­da­tion that the coun­cil takes steps to re­cover the costs of fly-tip­ping against per­pe­tra­tors of fly-tip­ping in­ci­dents on coun­cil land where the amount be­ing pur­sued is above the eco­nom­i­cal debt re­cov­ery thresh­old.”

New laws now al­low coun­cils in Wales to in­tro­duce £400 on-thes­pot fines for fly-tip­ping.

New­port and Blae­nau Gwent coun­cils were among those propos­ing to charge the max­i­mum fines of £400.

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