2,400 fly­tip­ping in­ci­dents in just one year

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­son@men-news.co.uk @JonMacMEN

THOU­SANDS of in­ci­dents of fly-tip­ping caused a blight on Hyn­d­burn over the course of a year, new statis­tics show.

Hyn­d­burn coun­cil was alerted to 2,397 re­ported in­ci­dents of fly-tip­ping be­tween Au­gust 2017 and Septem­ber 2018, with al­most half in­volv­ing waste dumped on back streets.

Around 51 per cent fea­tured house­hold waste while 49 per cent of cases in­volved a ‘small van/ tran­sit van sized load’.

A coun­cil re­port to go be­fore a re­sources overview and scru­tiny com- mit­tee meet­ing next week states they do not have ‘suf­fi­cient fi­nan­cial re­sources’ to em­ploy ded­i­cated en­force­ment of­fi­cers and have en­tered into a 12-month pilot agree­ment with King­dom Ser­vices.

Re­port au­thor Steve Ri­ley, head of en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices, said: “Pre­vi­ously, the coun­cil had a num­ber of ded­i­cated col­lec­tion crews to re­move fly-tipped waste from lo­ca­tions within the bor­ough.

“How­ever, con­tin­ued bud­get pres­sures and the drive for ef­fi­cien­cies have led to the re­moval of these re­sources, with the front­line do­mes­tic col­lec­tion crews now col­lect­ing fly­tipped waste lo­cated within their daily col­lec­tion round.

“There is one re­main­ing mo­bile crew that clears waste out­side of the nor­mal col­lec­tion crew’s routes but they are mainly re­spon­si­ble for clear­ing the main outer and in­ner gate­way routes across the bor­ough.”

The coun­cil now aims to re­move waste from back streets on the day of the grey bin col­lec­tion day.

How­ever there could be de­lays if it is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the coun­cil’s en­force­ment team or the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, or the waste is such a weight that it ‘re­quires re­mov­ing by me­chan­i­cal means’.

There could also be de­lays in cases where the waste re­quires spe­cial­ist trained per­son­nel to col­lect and pre-book the waste into an ap­pro­pri­ately li­censed haz­ardous waste dis­posal fa­cil­ity.

Coun­cil­lor No­or­dad Aziz, chair­man of Hyn­d­burn coun­cil’s re­sources and overview and scru­tiny com­mit­tee, called on the pub­lic to share their ideas of how to make the bor­ough cleaner.

He added: “I think one of the fun­da­men­tal is­sues that is driv­ing this is the clo­sure of house­hold waste re­cy­cling cen­tres and the lack of re­sources for en­force­ment and also spe­cial­ist teams to deal with this. I would love Hyn­d­burn’s res­i­dents to share their thoughts and ideas on how we can tackle the is­sue.”

● A fly-tip­ping in­ci­dent in Rish­ton ear­lier this year

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