Councillor 'upset' as fly tipping increases across East Lindsey
FLY tipping is still blighting the district – even outside waste tips and recycling centres.
Since April, East Lindsey District Council has dealt with 1,503 cases of fly tipping – including 12 which were right outside the gate of the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Louth.
Last April, the centre's opening hours were reduced from seven days a week to four.
The problem was highlighted by Councillor George Horton who expressed his concerns to Louth Town Council.
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He said: "I travel the district fairly regularly and one of the upsetting things I find is fly tipping. I have seen it quite bad. Speaking as a member of the public, I thought the district council would be clamping down on it but to me, nothing seems to be done.
"You travel down the A16, you see it in hedge rows and I have seen it outside the tip on the industrial estate. It does bring down the standard of our town, particularly to visitors."
Councillor Pauline Watson, who is also a district and county councillor claimed that 30 people were 'dealt with' after being filmed on CCTV leaving waste outside the tip in Louth when it was closed.
Councillor Andrew Leonard said that culprits should be reported as it is a criminal offence.
Councillor Brian Burnett, who used to be the portfolio holder for recycling said: "I know officers do look through all fly tips for any identification which could lead to a prosecution.
"It is something they take very seriously but they can only do something about if if people see it and report it."
Councillor Eileen Ballard added that maybe people are not aware of the tip's opening hours and that it is still fly tipping if they leave it outside the gates.
East Lindsey has already dealt with more incidents of fly tipping compared with 1,447 across East Lindsey last year.
Portfolio holder for the environment at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Tony Bridges, said: "The district council takes the issue of fly tipping very seriously and where hard evidence is available as to who is responsible action is taken.
"Over the past year there has been a significant increase in the number of fly tips in East Lindsey and the council continues to work proactively to tackle the issue."