‘Harmful’ fly tipping costs taxpayers £55,000

Coun Owen Bierley EMN-151109-135356001

Coun Owen Bierley EMN-151109-135356001

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Figures have revealed fly tipping cost West Lindsey District Council more than £55,000 over the last 12 months.

In 2014/15 the council dealt with 1,042 fly tipping incidents which cost a total of £55,125.75 and resulted in one prosecution.

These figures are up from the year before with 674 incidents in 2013/14 and a cost of £35,654.60.

But the prosecutions were higher with four.

West Lindsey District Councillor and chairman of the prosperous communities committee Owen Bierley, said: “Fly tipping is a particularly harmful crime, affecting the environment, residents’ lives and businesses’ reputations in West Lindsey.

“We are committed to clearing such instances as and when they happen but would urge anyone who is experiencing difficulties getting rid of waste to get in touch to see what we can do before taking illegal action and blighting the countryside, towns and villages in the area.

“People love living and working in the district and we want to keep it that way.”