Thursday, July 18, 2024

Thurrock tops fly-tipping enforcement tables

THURROCK Council had the highest ratio of fixed-penalty notices (FPNs) to enforcement actions in England, according to Defra’s fly-tipping league tables.

The unitary authority issued 2.22 FPNs per enforcement action in 2021/22, placing it significantly higher than the next closest council, Basildon, which issued 1.74 FPNs per incident.

Defra produced the league tables as part of the Government’s commitment to its antisocial behaviour action plan in which it aims to improve transparency and highlight the authorities “taking a muscular approach” to fly-tipping.

During the reporting period of April 2021 to March 2022, there were 507,000 enforcement actions in England, which ranged from investigations, warning letters and FPNs to vehicle seizures, formal cautions and prosecutions.

There has been widespread criticism of the Government’s performance on waste crime, with statistics in January showing that local authorities had dealt with just over a million incidents in 2021/22.

Last month the Government announced it was increasing the maximum fines for breaches of the household waste duty of care from £400 to £600 and fines for fly-tipping from £400 to £1000.

FPNs recorded in Defra’s league tables included those issued for the above two offences, as well as littering in conjunction with fly-tipping and other FPNs issued in relation to fly tipping. The total in 2021/22 was 91,000, although eight authorities did not report any of their enforcement actions through the channels used to compile the tables.

Of those that did, Merton in London and Manchester recorded the most enforcement actions at 14,864 and 12,934, respectively. The figures showed that 43 authorities listed no FPNs during the period and 76 authorities listed 10 or fewer.

Defra noted, however, that the data is limited for a number of reasons, with different councils recording and reporting incidents in different ways. For this reason, it said comparisons between authorities should be made with care.

“Those reporting higher incident numbers are often those being more proactive and rigorous in identifying incidents by encouraging the public to report incidents, training of street crews and increased use of more sophisticated methods for capturing and reporting incidents,” said Defra.


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