New funding to tackle fly-tipping secured for St Albans

An example of fly-tipping on the B1051

An example of fly-tipping on the B1051 - Credit: Archant

Time is running out for St Albans fly-tippers after new funding has been secured to tackle offenders in the district.

Herts Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), David Lloyd, has promised £400,000 will be awarded to local authorities over the next four years, to help tackle fly-tipping, fly-grazing, and anti-social behaviour.

St Albans district council (SADC) has secured funding from this year’s pot for two schemes, a joint initiative with Hertsmere borough council to trial number plate detecting cameras in fly-tipping hotspots, and participation in an enforcement training initiative.

Of 32 fly-tippers successfully prosecuted in Herts between April 2016 and January 2017, five of those were from St Albans district.

Michael Lovelady, SADC head of legal, democratic and regulatory services, welcomed the funding: “Fly-tipping is a health hazard, a blight on the landscape and costs the council substantial sums of money to clear up.

“We are determined to track down offenders.”

PCC Mr Lloyd said: “Fly-tipping in Hertfordshire is a serious problem and I am determined that we stop this blight. There are a number of investigations going on and I put it to those that commit these offences that time is running out for them.”

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He said the grants will cover a wide range of initiatives and they are also looking into using money confiscated from criminals to compensate landowners clearing up bills.

Left fly-tips should be reported on 01727 809019. Call the police on 101 if the fly-tipping is taking place.