WELSH ASSEMBLY CONSULTATION
New legislation is being proposed by the Welsh Assembly with regard to fly tipping, the consultation paper looks at a number of issues relating to the subject including:
Understanding the extent of the problem
Appropriate waste facilities
The Principle Authorities have powers to enforce legislation on fly tipping under the Enironmental Protection Act 1990. It is considered that the current situation needs to be reviewed and perhaps a more stringent enforcement process put in place.
Currently the Magistrates Court can deal with enforcement with fines up to £50,000 and or 12 months imprisonment.
The following is of note with regard to this subject:
Fly tipping incidents have reduced by 34% since 2007.
The overall cost of clearing up has reduced by 28% since 2007.
Prosecutions have increased from 1 in 1306 incidents in 2007 to 1 in
344 in incidents in 2011/2012.
Althought the above looks good the figures only relate to local authority land.
There is still much fly tipping on private land. Farmers are particularly affected in Mid and North Wales.
Over 60% of fly tipping is household waste.
The Welsh Assembly funds the ‘tidy towns group’ and also makes available funding to local authorities and community groups to help with clear ups.
The Welsh Assembly is seeking views on the proposals to improve the situation with regard to Fly Tipping.
The consultation response proposed is set out below:
WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT
Robert A Robinson FRICS AILCM Secretary
North Wales Association of Town and Larger Community Councils
01938 553142 or 07767 267830
Triangle House Union Street
Welshpool SY21 7PG
The Association represents 34 Town and Community Councils ranging from Bangor, Llandudno, Rhyl and Flint in the north to Welshpool and Newtown in the south.
Q1 Do you agree with the vision set out in the Introduction of the position paper?
The vision of the Welsh Assembly is supported and anything which can improve the prosecution of fly tippers is welcomed.
However, there is the issue of catching those responsible for such activity and any procedures that can be put in place to aid this are also welcomed.
Q2 Do you have any further case studies or good practice you would like to share?
The case studies sighted by our members are listed here:
Q3 Do you agree fly-tipping is a problem in Wales? Do you have any further examples of how it affects wider public services and communities?
Yes it is a problem throughout the area of Mid and North Wales.
Examples in particular include local residents dumping old furniture mainly due to the cost of local authority removals.
This in particular affects Town Centres at a time when retailers need all the help they can get.
Q4 Do you have any comments on the lessons learned in Section 10 of the position paper, or have you any additional lessons learned that you would like to share?
The following comments are put forward:
Principle authorities should work with Town and Community Councils (where they are willing) to help with identification of problem areas and with helping to educate the local community.
Understanding the problem
It would help Town and Community Councils if the Principle Authorities
Held some short conferences where the details on the subject could be presented and how both could work together presented.
An education leaflet prepared by the Welsh Assembly should be made available to Town and Community Councils to distribute at no cost to them.
Existing sites for waste provision are adequate.
It would be helpful if funds could be made available to enable collection of certain types of waste (furniture etc) for free giving residents no excuse for not disposing of waste.
Inteligent approach to enforcement
If the above were adopted then fines and penalties should be increased for those who abuse the law.
The Association is willing to give oral evidence if it were felt this would be
helpful for any Welsh Assembly Committee considering the matter.
R A Robinson FRICS AILCM
Secretary to the North Wales Association of Town and Community Councils.