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Fly-tipping hit squad launched

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01 August 2016

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Enfield Council has launched an out-of-hours fly-tipping squad to travel the borough's grot spots and track down the dirty dumpers blighting the area.

Enfield Council has launched an out-of-hours fly-tipping squad to travel the borough's grot spots and track down the dirty dumpers blighting the area.

Anyone caught illegally dumping waste will be issued with a £200 fixed penalty notice while any fly-tipping the team spots on its travels will be reported and removed, helping Enfield Council keep the borough cleaner and tidier than ever before.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "Fly-tipping is illegal, irresponsible and infuriating. It makes our borough look like a dumping ground and encourages further environmental crime so we are very keen to tackle the root cause of this problem. 

"We already clear thousands of fly-tips every year, but we fully expect issuing £200 penalty charge notices will have a powerful deterrent effect and actively discourage people from dumping their rubbish on our streets for the council to clean up.

"We'd also urge residents to report fly-tipping to us through Enfield Connected on our website so we can remove it quickly and provide us with the details of the individuals they believe are responsible for fouling our fantastic borough."

If officers on patrol spot people littering or dumping residential waste, they will also be issued with fixed penalty notices of £80 if dumping a single bag of waste or £200 if there is more rubbish.

They will work mainly in areas where fly-tipping is most prevalent. Other illegal matters that are spotted will be recorded so other officers can investigate.

The Council issued 167 residential Fixed Penalty Notices in 2015/16 to people who dumped residential waste.

In June 2016, we issued 29 fixed penalty notices:

  • Bowes Ward (two dumped waste in Green Lanes)
  • Edmonton Green Ward (two dumped waste in Fore Street)
  • Haselbury Ward (four dumped waste in Winchester Road, Victoria Road, Silver Street and Lopen Road)
  • Jubilee Ward (one dumped waste in Hertford Road and one fly-tipping in St Joseph's Road 
  • Ponders End Ward (one dumped waste on the High Street and one fly-tipping in Southbury Road)
  • Palmers Green Ward (two dumped waste in Green Lanes)
  • Southgate Green Ward (two dumped waste in Bowes Road)
  • Town Ward (four dumped waste in Silver Street and Church Street)
  • Upper Edmonton Ward (nine dumped waste in Eleanor Road, Fore Street, Hester Road and College Gardens

One recent case involved a resident of North Road, who was found to have dumped a number of bin bags, a vacuum cleaner and a mop and bucket in the street, and who was issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Pictured: Cllr Daniel Anderson with Council staff at a recent fly-tip.