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Council doubles the fines for flytippers

Anyone caught fly tipping in Fenland will in future be hit with a £400 fixed penalty notice - double the current amount.

Flytipping at pumping station

Fenland District Council's Cabinet approved the increase at its meeting last week (Thursday, January 19).

The fixed penalty notices will be issued for common offences involving the dumping of small-scale household or commercial waste, including builder's rubble, household items, white goods, black refuse sacks and tyres.

Prosecutions will still be brought for bigger, more serious offences and for failure to pay the fixed penalty.

Councillor Peter Murphy, the Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: "Fly tipping is a major problem in Fenland, as it is throughout the country.

"Doubling the fines reflects how seriously we take it and our determination to do all we can to stamp it out.

"On average 120 cases are reported in the district each month and clearing up the mess costs us thousands of pounds every year that could otherwise go towards other services."

The increased penalties will not only act as a greater deterrent; they will also save the time and money involved in taking the smaller-scale cases to court.

Since 2015 six cases of small-scale flytipping have been successfully prosecuted; each time a fine and costs totalling between £300 and £500 have been awarded.

Article added January 23, 2017