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District council could crush fly tippers' vehicles if new powers are approved

A major crack down on fly tipping could be coming to North East Derbyshire after an enforcement review was announced by the council

It proposes anyone caught doing it would face bigger fines and potentially have their vehicle crushed.

North East Derbyshire District Council covers a number of towns and villages, including Eckington, Dronfield, Clay Cross, Wingerworth, Tupton, North Wingfield, Holymoorside, Ashover and Killamarsh.

Councillors have confirmed that consideration will be given to the use of the full range of penalties available to local authorities, including the seizure and destruction of the vehicles involved and hefty fines, which are both permitted in the Control of Waste Regulations 2015.

The matter was discussed at a full meeting of North East Derbyshire District Council earlier this week.

Deputy leader of the authority, Cllr Alex Dale told Peak FM: "If we can have a few high-profile incidents where people have had more than just a slap on the wrist, I think that will act as a strong deterrent and make people think twice about fly-tipping."

"It is not just about enforcement. Some of it is about education and some of it is about working better with partners. That is why we're having a thorough review and hopefully in the next few months we will be announcing what our strategy is moving forward."

Lib Dem District Councillor for Tupton, Cllr Pam Windley raised the motion. She said: "Having this weapon as a deterrent will help bring down the cases of Fly-tipping across our District."

"We have seen this form of enforcement can be very effective in other areas and i am pleased it received the full support of everybody in the Council chamber."

The Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Charlotte Cupit said: “We know that if done properly, well-publicised and high profile enforcement action against flytippers can save the Council money in the long term, because it acts as a deterrent and helps to reduce the overall number of incidences the authority has to clean up each year.”

 

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