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Knowsley Council continue to tackle fly tipping

by Alison Cornmell

In recent months Knowsley Council has successfully prosecuted fly tippers 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, environmental criminals have been fined thousands of pounds and faced a total of 100 hours of community service.

The most recent prosecution saw two males from the Liverpool City Region sentenced for repeatedly fly tipping at Croxteth Lane, Prescot. The pair were captured using Knowsley’s extensive CCTV network.

Further action was taken against a local man who was illegally charging residents to move their household waste and going on to fly tip it at Water Lane, Tarbock Green.

In total all offenders have had to pay more that £3000 to cover costs and victim surcharges.

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 those who disrespect our neighbourhoods and environment in this way.

“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 850 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: “We also use this opportunity to remind residents of their own waste disposal responsibilities. We urge anyone getting rid of household waste to only give it to a licenced waste carrier as residents can be taken to court and fined for giving their waste to an unlicensed carrier, who then goes on to fly tip the items.”

You can read more about resident waste disposal 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

All money acquired through fines covers the cost of prosecution and remaining funds go back into the service.