Fly-tipping clean-up costs mounting up

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CASH-STRAPPED Wigan Council was lumbered with more than 1,000 clean-up efforts last year due to callous fly-tippers.

The new figures have been released in the same week a borough councillor praised a crackdown against the “scum” carrying out the offences.

I believe all 75 councillors in the borough would be happy to deal with these types of complaints, cracking down on fly-tipping is in all of our interests

Coun Wilkes

Official opposition leader Coun Gary Wilkes highlighted a spate of incidents earlier this month in his Bryn constituency.

These included one outrageous dumping of the contents of an entire bedroom, mattresses included, near to a local beauty spot on Winstanley Road.

The figures, released to the Evening Post from the council’s waste management team, reveal 1210 fly-tipping incidents were report throughout 2014.

This matches the 1200 that were reported in 2013, meaning attempts to crack down on the crime have not seen a significant reduction.

Since the fly-tipping spate in Bryn was reported, council officers have cleaned the sites and found details among some of the rubbish which could spark an investigation as to who dumped the bedroom items.

Coun Wilkes, leader of the Wigan Independent Network, previously called fly-tippers “scum” who were blighting borough communities and called for residents to rally against them.

He told the Evening Post: “The Council has carried out a fantastic job on removing all the fly tipping material, they have also erected signs with information on how to report offenders, I would like to ask the public to assist the council to try and stop this crime against their community.

“I believe all 75 councillors in the borough would be happy to deal with these types of complaints, cracking down on fly-tipping is in all of our interests.

“Thanks to the hard work of council officers people can now enjoy the countryside without seeing such annoying scenes.”

The illegal depositing of waste is an offence with penalties including a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment for lower level offences.

Conviction at crown court can bring maximum penalties of an unlimited fine or five years’ imprisonment.

Fly-tipping incidents can be reported to Wigan Council on 01942 404364.