New powers used by county council to tackle fly-tipping
Northumberland County Council has become one of the first councils in the country to use new legislation to tackle fly-tippers on the spot.
Councils can now issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for fly-tipping to help tackle the problem more effectively.
Previously, offenders could only be prosecuted through the courts, which can be costly, time-consuming and often involve lengthy investigations.
The new powers were introduced nationwide under The Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016.
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The council’s environmental enforcement team made quick use of the new powers by issuing a £200 FPN to a Lynemouth man for tipping four bags of garden waste onto a grass verge.
Cllr Liz Simpson, deputy business chairman, said: “Fly-tipping is an eyesore and a serious public health risk for our residents. It is not a harmless crime – it costs the taxpayer money to deal with, inconveniences the public and is a blight on our beautiful countryside. It is unfortunate that a small minority of individuals can act irresponsibly and antisocially, but this new legislation means we can take effective action quickly.
“We continue to have a zero tolerance policy towards such behaviour.”