Fly-tippers face maximum fines in Dartford
PUBLISHED: 14:07 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:07 11 May 2016
The council has been handed new powers to punish fly-tippers
Dartford Council has pledged to impose the maximum possible fines on fly-tippers in a bid to crack down on the growing social problem.
On Monday, May 9, new powers for local authorities were introduced, which mean people caught fly-tipping could face for on-the-spot fines of £150 to £400.
Across the country, the number of fly-tipping incidents increased by 5.6 per cent in 2014-15, costing local authorities almost £50 million.
Council leader Jeremy Kite said: “Fly-tipping is one of those crimes for which there is no real defence or mitigation. It’s dangerous, anti-social and a slap in the face for people and businesses that dispose of waste properly.
“We’ve chosen the maximum fines possible but frankly if the law allowed us we would make them higher still. We also investigate as many fly-tipping incidents as we can and will always prosecute if possible.”
There were 1,728 incidents of fly-tipping in Dartford in 2013-14 and 1,825 in 2014-15 – a rise of 5.6 per cent, which exactly matches the national increase.
The council spent £73,578 clearing up after illegal dumpers in 2014-15, made three prosecutions and raised just £552 through fines. Investigating the incidents alone cost a total of £8,613.