Council working hard to tackle fly tipping and littering in the town

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Northampton Guildhall

Enforcement activities have been ramped up this spring and summer to help tackle fly tipping and improve the town environment.

Between 1 April and 31 July 2018, Northampton Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Warden Team issued 94 fixed penalty notices for litter, waste and fly tipping related offences.

The offences, which largely occurred in in The Mounts, Thorplands, Briar Hill, Lings and Abington, include small instances of fly tipping such as dumped bin bags of rubbish and cardboard. Large fly tipped items like sofas, mattresses and fridges and commercial waste, which had not been disposed of correctly.

Anyone issued with a fixed penalty notice for fly tipping faces a fine of up to £400. Failing to pay an on-the-spot fine is a criminal offence and the case would then progress to the Magistrates Court.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “Fly tipping is a major concern in the town and despite there not being a fly tipping clearance service, this is costing tax payers, on average £233.28 per incident to clear.

“We hope that the increased enforcement activity will not only help to improve the town environment but will also show culprits that this behaviour is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.

“Although the clearing and enforcement activities will continue, we encourage communities to assist us in this area. People can help by continuing to report instances of fly tipping, challenging bad behaviour in their areas and setting a good example. This could include clearing up after themselves, taking litter home if public bins are full, putting their waste and recycling out on the correct days and using their local recycling centres.”

Instances of littering and fly tipping can be reported to the Borough Council www.northampton.gov.uk or streetcare@northampton.gov.uk

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