We’re go­ing to war on fly-tip­ping

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

This week we an­nounced that four of our parks and open spa­ces have been praised as amongst the best in the coun­try.

Cen­tral Park on Park Road, It­ter Park in Wal­ton, Manor Farm Park in Eye and Vic­to­ria Gar­dens in Mill­field have all re­ceived Green Flags - a sign that they boast the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards, are beau­ti­fully main­tained and have ex­cel­lent facilities.

It’s great news for Cen­tral Park in par­tic­u­lar, which has now been fly­ing the flag for 14 years. I’m not sur­prised - it’s home to a won­der­ful selec­tion of plants and trees, a great play area and pad­dling pool for the chil­dren, the lovely But­ter­cross tea­room and of course the bowl­ing green and ten­nis courts. Above all else it is tidy and at­trac­tive thanks to our col- leagues at Amey who man­age the park, and all our open spa­ces, on our be­half.

Amey works hard to keep our city look­ing clean and tidy, but there is still a mi­nor­ity who choose to undo its good work and lit­ter, graf­fiti or dump waste il­le­gally.

That’s why I have made it eas­ier for res­i­dents to call and re­port is­sues, so that we can in­ves­ti­gate and catch the per­pe­tra­tors.

If res­i­dents spot fly­tip­ping, or any other en­vi­ron­men­tal crime, please re­port it by call­ing us on 01733 747474 and press­ing op­tion 5. The call cen­tre staff will get as much in­for­ma­tion from you as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing the ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion if ap­pli­ca­ble, lo­ca­tion of the waste and other de­tails that will help us iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble.

We have a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to fly­tip­ping in par­tic­u­lar and will al­ways seek to pros­e­cute where there is enough ev­i­dence. So far this year we have sent 66 writ­ten warn­ings to peo­ple we sus­pect of fly­tip­ping and is­sued 169 fixed penalty no­tices for a va­ri­ety of en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes.

Not only does fly­tip­ping ruin the look of our city, it also costs tax­pay­ers in this city around £250,000 a year to clean-up which is un­ac­cept­able. In to­tal last year, 10,369 in­ci­dents of fly­tip­ping were re­ported to us - we have to make a dent in that.

The city’s new preven­tion and en­force­ment ser­vice which brings to­gether of­fi­cers from the coun­cil, po­lice, fire and pri­vate sec­tor, has in­creased the ca­pac­ity to in­ves­ti­gate en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes across the city. It is this team which will pick up the is­sue once you call the de­tails through to us.

Un­der new reg­u­la­tions which came into force in May, any­one caught fly­tip­ping will now be fined £300, which is re­duced to £180 if paid within 21 days. Prior to this date the fine was £75. Why would you risk a fine like that when you can pay just £23.50 for a bulky waste col­lec­tion?

The Green Flag awards show there is no short­age of beau­ti­fully land­scaped green spa­ces, coun­try parks and wild ar­eas to ex­plore in Peter­bor­ough. In fact, we en­joy one of the high­est ra­tios of green space per head of pop­u­la­tion in the UK.

Don’t let the rogue few blight it for the rest of us. If you spot some­one fly­tip­ping, spray­ing graf­fiti or ru­in­ing our en­vi­ron­ment in any other way, please call 01733 747474.

We’ve had some lovely com­ments this week from peo­ple who went to the Bryan Adams con­cert on the Em­bank­ment last Fri­day. Thou­sands of peo­ple watched him per­form and it was fan­tas­tic to see the city cen­tre so busy on a Fri­day night. I’d love to see more con­certs like this tak­ing place in the city and we will do all that we can to make this pos­si­ble.

In last week’s col­umn I sug­gested ways to keep the chil­dren en­ter­tained over the sum­mer hol­i­days. I’ve been asked to men­tion a cou­ple of other events tak­ing place this month.

The first is a Knights and Princesses event at Longth­orpe Tower this week­end, 10am to 5pm both days. The tower will be pop­u­lated by me­dieval char­ac­ters and you’ll be able to learn how to be a knight or a princess. Visit www.vi­vac­ity-peter­bor­ough.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

On Au­gust 25, there will be a swash­buck­ling ad­ven­ture for all the fam­ily with a per­for­mance of The Scar­let Pim­per­nel in The Clois­ters at Peter­bor­ough Cathe­dral from 7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.peter­bor­ough-cathe­dral.org.uk

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