‘We can’t cope with fly­tip­ping’

Dumped waste is one Peter­bor­ough’s big­gest prob­lems, with over 10,000 re­ported in­ci­dents in 2015 alone. And the level of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour ap­pears to be so great that even the au­thor­i­ties are strug­gling to keep on top of it. The so­lu­tion could well be

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

Peter­bor­ough is fac­ing an epi­demic of fly tip ping and the au­thor­i­ties have ad­mit­ted they are strug­gling to com­bat it. Last year there were more than 9,000 re­ports of il­le­gally dumped waste in the city.

Peter­bor­ough is be­ing over­run by fly­tip­pers with over 9,000 re­ported in­ci­dents of il­le­gally dumped waste in 2015.

The ad­mis­sion was made by Karl Bow­den, joint head of ser­vice at the Safer Peter­bor­ough Part­ner­ship, who hopes that covert ac­tion against il­le­gal dumpers of trade waste might help tackle the prob­lem.

He said: “It’s a mas­sive prob­lem but we’ve got to start some­where. It’s like how do you eat an ele­phant? One­piece at a time.”

The num­ber of fly-tip­ping in­ci­dents in Peter­bor­ough rose from7,743 in 2015to9,303 in 2015. Be­tween April 1 and July 31 this year, there were 1,470 fly-tip­ping in­ves­ti­ga­tions which re­sulted in two pros­e­cu­tion sand 43 fixed penalty no­tices is­sued.

Mr Bow­den praised the city’s Pre­ven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice (PES) - made up of of­fi­cers from the coun­cil, po­lice, fire ser­vice and pri­vate sec­tor - which has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing fly-tip­ping.

He told Peter­bor­ough city coun­cil­lors: “PES do a ster­ling job, but the prob­lem is fly-tip­ping is out­strip­ping re­source. We’ve got to try some­thing.”

Mr Bow­den’s re­port to coun­cil­lors went fur­ther, stat­ing: “The amount of fly-tip­ping far out­strips the ca­pac­ity to deal with it. Like­wise, whilst Amey clear a large amount of fly tips, again the prob­lem over­whelms re­sources.”

Mr Bow­den added that on one oc­ca­sion ,£6,000 had been spent prose­cut­ing some­one, but be­cause he was un­em­ployed the court did not to is­sue a fine.

The Safer Peter­bor­ough Part­ner­ship is im­ple­ment­ing a new strat­egy against fly-tip­ping which will in­clude a so­cial me­dia cam­paign.

Mr Bow­den said: “I be­lieve there are com­mu­ni­ties in Peter­bor­ough that do not un­der­stand how to dis­pose of waste. It’s well-mean­ing in­ten­tions but we need to ed­u­cate.”

Covert ac­tion is also planned to catch il­le­gal waste car­ri­ers. Cllr John Fox said: “We are our own worst en­emy charg­ing for bulky waste and brown bins.”

The PES has sev­eral covert cam­eras avail­able for de­ploy­ment, but they can only be used with the ap­proval of a Jus­tice of the Peace.

Cllr Gavin Elsey, coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for waste and street scene, said fly-tip­ping was at epi­demic pro­por­tions across the UK. Headded: “Whilst fly-tip­ping car­ries a max­i­mum fine of £5,000, we can’t get a mag­is­trate to fine some­one over £500. If we got a sen­tence of £5,000 fly-tip­ping would drop.”

Cllr Elsey is also push­ing to get more money put back in the Amey con­tract for 2017/18. Amey is the firm con­tracted to re­move waste in the city.

He added: “They do a fan­tas­tic job but you can only do ac­er­tain amount of work with a cer­tain amount of money.”

Kieron King, Peter­bor­ough’s ac­count man­ager, said Amey meets its agreed tar­gets to col­lect re­ported fly­tips within 48 hours.

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