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Flytipping falls after initial rise, council told

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Cases of fly-tipping in West Norfolk fell sharply in June, following an initial surge after the introduction of DIY waste disposal charges, according to new figures.

Motions calling for the controversial measures, which were introduced in April to be suspended or scrapped altogether, were defeated at a county council meeting yesterday.

But, ahead of that vote, borough councillors were given an update on the numbers of incidents recorded in West Norfolk.

Cases of fly-tipping in West Norfolk fell sharply in June
Cases of fly-tipping in West Norfolk fell sharply in June

Ian Devereux, the authority’s environment portfolio holder, said there had been 182 incidents in May, compared with the 121 recorded in the same month last year.

That equates to an increase of around 50 per cent.

But, in June, he said there were just 89 cases, around a third lower than the 132 recorded during the same month in 2017.

Mr Devereux had earlier reported a total of 173 incidents in April, up from 152 in 2017.

He said: “It may be that people took advantage of the hiatus to get rid of all their rubbish early. We are monitoring the numbers.”

Mr Devereux added that most of the cases the authority had dealt with were on public land and the most common item to be flytipped was tyres.

The issue is also due to be reviewed at a Norfolk Waste Partnership meeting in the autumn.

But Labour group leader John Collop said the county council was taking too long to review the issue.

He also expressed the fear the borough could find itself being “swamped” by flytipping incidents.

Two motions, tabled by Labour and the Liberal Democrats respectively, were voted at Monday’s county council meeting in Norwich.

Labour councillors later walked out of the meeting in what they claimed was a protest against the conduct of the council’s chairman, Conservative Margaret Stone.

Borough council leader Brian Long, who is one of several West Norfolk councillors to sit on both authorities, was asked for his thoughts on the proposals during Thursday’s borough meeting.

But he insisted: “It’s a matter for the county council.

“We’ve already heard in terms of statistics that amounts (of flytipping) haven’t necessarily jumped up and we’ve had a month where its gone down.

“I’ll listen to the debates and make my decision accordingly.”

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