H&F Council is losing the war against fly-tipping

A year ago I wrote about figures showing that fly-tipping is a growing problem in Hammersmith and Fulham.  I’m afraid it will come as no surprise that since then the situation has got worse.

In 2016/17 there were 14,870 incidents of fly-tipping recorded in our borough. The previous year it was 10,829. In 2013/14 – just before Labour took control – the total was 9,011.  That’s an increase of 65 per cent in three years.

It is true that there has been an increase in the country generally. In England the number of incidents has risen from 852,036 in 2013/14 to 1,002,154. That’s an increase of 17.5 per cent. So the rate of increase locally has been almost four times as high as nationally.

The problem is that the enforcement action is weak. The Government allows a maximum Fixed Penalty Notice of £400. But the Council sets a lower penalty.

The Council’s Environmental Enforcement Manager tells me:

“The level of the fly tipping fixed penalty notice has been set at £200, reduced to £150 for early payment. The £400 Maximum limit is not being used.”

But it turns out that is rather irrelevant – as the Council doesn’t issue any penalties anyway. The number of Fixed Penalty fines paid to the Council for fly-tipping for 2016/17 was nil.

The Council’s Environmental Enforcement Manager adds:

“For the last 12 months, December 2016-November 2017, no fly tipping fixed penalty notices were issued.

“The legislation that introduced these fixed penalty notices became effective in May 2016. For the previous 12 months, December 2015-November 2016, no fixed penalty notices were issued. 

“Officers have instead utilised other areas of legislation and issued fixed penalty notices for littering, failure to produce waste disposal documents and failure to adhere to a waste presentation notice. In general officers have prosecuted the following cases and obtained associated fines through the courts.

January to March 2017 = Cases (2) Fines £2,800

April to June 2017 =  Case (1) Fine £600

July to September 2017 = Cases (3) Fines £3,100

January to March 2016 = Cases 4 Fines £1,690

April to June 2016 = Cases 2 Fines £1,000

July to September 2016 = 0

October to December 2016 = 0″

I’m afraid the Council is simply not rising to the challenge. Fly-tipping makes going for a walk a dreary, depressing experience. Combating it is important for the quality of life we enjoy. I will keep pressing the Council to take this issue more seriously.

4 thoughts on “H&F Council is losing the war against fly-tipping

  1. Underneath the bridge in Gallena road. The council repaired the wire netting but it is not high eneogh and no sooner is the rubbish cleared another lot arrives .the same happens under the bridge in Cambridge grove that place has been a dumping ground for years .

  2. The answer is to install some cameras, catch a few people and hit them in the pocket. The then penny might drop a bit more generally – dump rubbish at your peril!

    A guy opposite me has installed a small camera on his flat window to keep an eye on his motorbike in the street below. It’s small and unobrustive, and today’s technology means it is cheap and simple to set up.

    During the short period when H&F had a “streetscene czar” (whatever happened to him?) there was fleeting talk of using cameras to catch flytippers. It never came to anything although it is the screamingly obvious answer.

    My general sense is that the current administration is “all carrot and no stick” when it comes to matters like this, simply unwilling to enforce rules and behavioral norms and trying to do it all with persuasion and rewards. It doesn’t work.

  3. If the council provide skips for people who don’t have the money or transport to get rid of there bulky waste then this wouldn’t happen. If you call the council to help get rid of bulky waste it is very expensive not everyone can afford it. It’s not fair to just keep slapping finds onto people who are doing it because they have no money in the first place.mA bit of community service to help clear the rubbish would be a better plan.

  4. Pingback: There were 17,873 fly-tipping incidents recorded in Hammersmith and Fulham last year. Number of prosecutions? Seven – Hammersmith and Fulham Forum

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