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Action taken against fly-tipper

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley Council has successfully prosecuted and fined a fly tipper whose actions are a blight on our communities.

Thanks to the investigative skills of the council’s Environmental Health Team, as well as information shared by the public an environmental criminal has been given a fine and costs of almost £2000 in relation to an incident of fly tipping on Hewitts Lane in Kirkby.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“Fly tipping is a blight on our communities, and I’m delighted to see the recent action we’ve taken against this environmental criminal who has chosen to disrespect our neighbourhoods and environment.

“We are able to take this action thanks to the dedication of our Environmental Health Team, our extensive CCTV network and from information shared by our residents. We take this issue extremely seriously and will do all in our power to tackle it.”

Knowsley has an extensive CCTV network, which the team utilise to help identify offenders. There are more than 890 cameras across the borough including HD and mobile units that are deployed to fly tipping hot spots and monitored 24/7 by Knowsley Council’s security team.

Cllr Powell continues: “As we approach the Halloween and Bonfire period, we also use this opportunity to remind residents and businesses of their own waste disposal responsibilities – particularly at this time of year to ensure waste can’t be used for antisocial fires. Anyone getting rid of household waste should only give it to a licenced waste carrier and businesses should be aware of the legal duty to handle their waste safely and responsibly. Those found not to be disposing of waste properly can be taken to court and fined.”

You can read more about resident waste disposal responsibilities here and business waste responsibilities here.

If you see any incident of fly tipping please report it to Knowsley Council online www.knowsley.gov.uk/online-services/report-it