Cambridge council gets tough on fly-tippers and litterers

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The council has issued 12 on-the-spot fixed penalty notices to fly-tippers since May

Environment officers at Cambridge City Council are getting tough on those caught red-handed in the act of fly-tipping or littering, with fines totalling almost £5,000 being handed out in the last eight months.

In May last year, the English Government introduced new legislation which allows councils to enforce on-the-spot fines on those caught in the act of littering or committing minor fly-tipping incidents.

Councils in England can now hand out fixed penalty notices of between £150 and £400 to anyone found fly-tipping. This is rather than prosecuting the offender through a lengthy and costly court case.

Fly-tipped waste in Cambridge. Photo: Cambridge City Council

Since May, councils throughout England have given out fines totalling more than £430,000. Cambridge City Council has issued 12 of these fixed penalty notices to those caught fly-tipping; the net worth of the 12 fines totalling almost £5,000.

Environment officers gave the 12 offenders fines of £400 each, totalling £4,800. If the waste culprit pays the fine within 10 days, it can be reduced to £240.

Two of the 12 incidents took place at the Adam and Eve Street Public Recycling Centre and the Hauxton Road Public Recycling Centre in Cambridge.

According to information given to the Press Association under the freedom of information (FOI) request regulations, only 118 of the 302 councils which took part in the FOI request actually used their new powers to hand out on-the-spot fines.

Spokesperson for the Local Government Association (LGA), Martin Tett, said: “At a time when councils face difficult choices about services in the light of reducing budgets, they are having to spend a vast amount each year on tackling litter and fly-tipping.”

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