FLYTIPPERS have been warned they are still in the sights of enviro-crime officers, despite a backlog in bringing the most serious cases to court and a surge in the number of reported cases of illegal dumping.
A meeting of Doncaster Council’s cabinet on Tuesday was told prosecutions were in the pipeline but had been held up because court actions had been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cllr Chris McGuinness, who has cabinet responsibility for the environment, said during the meeting, which was held online: “There are a number of cases waiting to go to court for flytipping that have been traced back to the offenders.
“We need to make it clear that people who continue to fly-tip will continue to be investigated.”
A report to councillors said there had been a rise in fly-tipping as more people stayed at home due to lockdown and recycling centres had been shut.
“Clearance of fly-tipping has been concentrated on the most affected areas, and those presented a health risk,” it said.
“As people have spent more time at home during ‘lockdown’, more household waste has been generated - we have seen a significant increase in the amount of waste that is illegally dumped, particularly within the urban centre alleys.”
Just over half of tipped rubbish reported between April and June was cleared within a week – well short of the target of 85 per cent.
At the same meeting, councillors approved a proposal to expand the reach of the company enlisted four years ago to clamp down on littering, dog fouling and flytipping across the borough.
Kingdom Security, which currently has the contract for fighting enviro-crime in Doncaster, Rotherham and North East Lincolnshire, has issued 24,371 fines for littering, 222 for dog fouling, 306 for other public space prevention order breaches and 7,675 for parking offences in Doncaster alone since it was first hired by Doncaster Council in 2016.
Now it will be charged with dealing with tipping and litter dropping in North Lincolnshire too.
Cllr McGuinness said while Kingdom carried out the evidence gathering and fine-issuing duties involved, council officers responsible for administration and appeals.
Approving the extension of services to a fourth council would not see any of Doncaster’s officers sent to North Lincolnshire, he said, prompting the councillors attending the online meeting to support the move.
Kingdom is expected to issue up to 3,000 fines a year in North Lincolnshire.