KCC spend £350 removing builders rubble dumped on South Darenth road last week
PUBLISHED: 13:16 16 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:36 16 September 2016
Fly-tipping incidents are costing Kent County Council £168,241 to clear rubbish from the roads
The road closure in South Darenth last week has been revealed to be one of the latest instances of fly-tipping costing Kent taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.
KCC were forced to fork out £350 after rubbish was dumped by builders on Wilson Lane last Tuesday - which had to be closed until Thursday evening.
Across the county, the total cost for KCC Highways dealing with fly-tipping came to £168,241 in 2015/16 - with local authorities dishing out even more to remove discarded waste in areas away from the roads.
Fly-tipping has been a problem across the Horton Kirby and South Darenth area, near Sevenoaks, throughout the summer. In August there were 17 reported incidents of unlawfully dumped rubbish - up from 13 in July and 9 in June.
Heather Rohard of Horton Kirby and South Darenth District Parish Council said:
“Fly-tipping has been going up in recent years and in the warmer months unfortunately we expect to see more of it.
“Due to the lanes being close to the M25 and other towns, it’s a problem in our area and also being the time of year when people are getting their garden cleared.
“We ask residents to check their rubbish is removed by a licensed waste carrier, otherwise they are effectively paying companies to chuck their rubbish on the roads.”
In July Sevenoaks council appointed an environmental enforcement officer to investigate fly-tipping offences after it was revealed that 800 reports a year occur in the district alone.
£400 fly-tipping on-the-spot penalties were also introduced in May as an alternative to prosecution following the introduction of new government regulations on illegally dumped waste.
The penalty notices aim to reduce the burden of bringing cases of small amounts of fly-tipping to court and allow councils to take faster action against waste criminals.
A spokesperson for Sevenoaks District Council said:
“The public can help prevent fly tipping by ensuring their waste is removed by a licensed waste carrier.
“If a collection service seems too cheap, it may be too good to be true and the rubbish could end up dumped unlawfully.
“They can find this out by calling the Environment Agency for free on 08708 506506.”