Hart District Council has installed CCTV cameras around the district in a bid to put a stop to fly-tipping.
The Council deals with around 600 incidents of fly tipping a year and this is an increasing blight on Hart’s highways and open spaces. CCTV cameras have been placed in some of the most frequently fly tipped areas on a trial basis, to catch fly-tippers and aid with prosecutions.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence that is punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates' Court, or an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court. Amongst other enforcement activity, the Council will also be seeking to issue Fixed Penalty Notices with a maximum fine of £400 where domestic or commercial refuse is found to be fly-tipped.
Cllr Sara Kinnell, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services, said “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and one that is an ongoing problem for Hart District Council. Its impact upon the quality of our environment is damaging and immediately visible. But I believe that the measures we’ve put in place demonstrate that the Council will not tolerate this behaviour. We are not afraid to use the powers available to us, to take enforcement action that is appropriate and effective against any individual caught committing this abhorrent offence”.
If you see fly-tipping taking place, please report this to the Council by calling 01252 622122 and giving details of the incident including the location, vehicle registration and description of person(s).
If you come across dumped waste, please report it online at hart.fixmystreet.com