‘Offenders will be caught’ – Herts police and crime commissioner announces funding in the fight against fly-tipping
PUBLISHED: 08:35 04 March 2017
The Herts police and crime commissioner has sent out a clear message to fly-tippers in the county – ‘time is running out and you will be caught’.
David Lloyd has announced a £400,000 boost to The Partnership fund – set up to deal with fly-tipping and also fly-grazing and anti-social behaviour – to tackle the problems in the county over the next four years.
“Fly-tipping in Hertfordshire is a serious problem and I am determined that we stop this blight,” said Mr Lloyd. “There are a number of investigations going on and I put it to those that commit these offences that time is running out for them.”
In the period from April 2016 to January 2017, thirty-two cases of fly-tipping offences were successfully prosecuted by Hertfordshire’s boroughs and districts.
Although the primary responsibility for dealing with fly-tipping lies with local authorities, Mr Lloyd has committed extra funding to tackle the issue in response to public concerns raised with him.
Of the funding, £80,000 was awarded by the Commissioner this year to the Herts Fly Tipping Group, part of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership to go towards eight bids which were received by his office.
“This grant will be used to cover a wide spectrum of initiatives, including the purchase of new cameras for deployment at fly tipping hotspots across the county,” Mr Lloyd said.
“I am also investigating using funds generated from the Proceeds of Crime Act – the money confiscated from criminals – as way of compensating landowners who have been left with a hefty clearing-up bill.”
Councils that were successful in having their bids approved included North Herts District Council, and projects began in December 2016 and all schemes have to be implemented by March 31 this year.
A summary report will then be presented to the Herts Waste Partnership members and the PCC in April.
Head of crime reduction and community safety, Supt Dean Patient, said: “The Rural Operational Support Team provide a county wide specialised role, working with the rural communities who are often, although, not exclusively blighted with this crime.
We are seeking to work with the waste partnership to collate information and intelligence about evolving trends and the best way to both deter such offences and catch those responsible.”
Chairman of Hertfordshire Waste Partnership Richard Thake said: “The waste partnership under the auspices of the Herts Fly Tipping Group is pleased to be working with the Police and Crime Commissioner on this important initiative.
Flytipping costs Hertfordshire’s residents and businesses hundreds of thousands of pounds each year. This is money that could be better spent on other more vital services. To this end we note that a number of the Boroughs and Districts are implementing new information campaigns to highlight the Duty of Care responsibilities we all have when engaging with local contractors to remove waste we wish to dispose of.
It’s vitally important that residents and businesses carry out the necessary checks to ensure contractors are properly licensed. Failure to do so could see people unwittingly end up in court being prosecuted for fly-tipping.”
If you’ve witnessed fly-tipping, you can report it using the Do It Online facility at north-herts.gov.uk or the fly-tipping reporting form at www.stevenage.gov.uk.