Review into district’s fly-tipping enforcement

Pictures of fly-tipping sent into the Courier by our readers.
Pictures of fly-tipping sent into the Courier by our readers.

A review into fly-tipping enforcement in the Warwick district will be carried out amid concerns about offenders not being prosecuted.

As we reported in The Courier last week, nearly 3,000 cases of fly-tipping have been reported in the district over the last three years but no one has been prosecuted for any of these crimes.

Pictures of fly-tipping sent into the Courier by our readers.

Pictures of fly-tipping sent into the Courier by our readers.

This has angered residents and councillors in those wards where fly-tipping is most prevalent.

In a letter to neighbourhood services portfolio holder Cllr David Shilton (Con, Park Hill), the Friends of Black Lane group, who clear away litter from the area of Lillington, said: “Warwick District Council has stone walled all our 
efforts to work collaboratively with them to tackle this problem.

“The council has no strategy on fly-tipping and litter except to clear it away at a cost to the tax payer.

“Money spent on hiring contractors to drive around Leamington collecting fly-tips and picking up litter could be diverted to vital frontline services.

Pictures of fly-tipping sent into the Courier by our readers.

Pictures of fly-tipping sent into the Courier by our readers.

“It would be prudent to work with communities and have active prevention and fining actions in place to secure a reduction in fly-tipping and litter going forward, because as other councils have discovered, this lowers costs in the long term.”

At a meeting of the full council at Leamington town hall on Wednesday night, it was announced that a review on fly-tipping and waste enforcement will be discussed in the coming months.

Council leader Cllr Andrew Mobbs (Con, Park Hill) said: “This administration shares the concerns of residents and councillors about fly-tipping.

“And to this end we have instructed officers to conduct a review and put a paper before the executive which outlines not only what can be done about fly-tipping but all our enforcement processes.”

Pictures of fly-tipping sent into the Courier by our readers.

Pictures of fly-tipping sent into the Courier by our readers.