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Fly-tippers strike 13 times a day in Shropshire

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FLY-TIPPERS ARE striking 13 times a day in Shropshire – costing taxpayers about £400,000 a year in clear ups, according to new figures. FLY-TIPPERS ARE striking 13 times a day in Shropshire – costing taxpayers about £400,000 a year in clear ups, according to new figures. Research by the Countryside Alliance has uncovered the enormous scale of illegal fly-tipping across the country, with more than 4,800 separate incidents in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin in 2010/11. The figures show there were a total of 3,565 incidents in the Telford & Wrekin Council area last year, which cost £183,000 to clear up. The authority also racked up a bill of £83,000 for the cost of 2,512 separate enforcement actions. [24link]

FLY-TIPPERS ARE striking 13 times a day in Shropshire – costing taxpayers about £400,000 a year in clear ups, according to new figures.

Research by the Countryside Alliance has uncovered the enormous scale of illegal fly-tipping across the country, with more than 4,800 separate incidents in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin in 2010/11.

The figures show there were a total of 3,565 incidents in the Telford & Wrekin Council area last year, which cost £183,000 to clear up.

The authority also racked up a bill of £83,000 for the cost of 2,512 separate enforcement actions.

In the Shropshire Council area there were a total of 1,270 incidents in 2010/11 costing £54,187 to clear up and dispose of.

Officials at the authority have not disclosed how much it cost to carry out enforcement action but say fly-tipping costs the authority between £100,000 and £150,000 a year to deal with.

According to the data, the two councils received just £1,000 back in fines through action taken against fly-tippers.

Tim Sneddon, head of environmental maintenance at Shropshire Council, said: "We always respond to reports of fly-tipping as quickly as possible. Our service target is to remove them within 48 hours. However, most are cleared on the same day they are reported."

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Councillor Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member at Telford & Wrekin Council, said: "Although fly-tipping in the borough has reduced considerably over the past five years, it is estimated that fly-tipping still costs the borough about £250,000 a year."

Both said the councils will prosecute when they can.

Nationally, the total cost to local authorities of clearing up and enforcing legal and punitive actions after fly-tipping was more than £40 million. Yet only £692,000 was collected in fines – less than two per cent of the money spent.

Alice Barnard, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, said: "Fly-tipping blights our countryside, ruining the beautiful views for which Britain is rightly famous, endangering wild-life and habitats and costing the taxpayer millions of pounds to clear up."

By Russell Roberts

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