How much did it cost YOU - the tax payer - to clear fly-tipping and illegal rubbish dumped in Exmouth over the last two years?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 February 2018

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Figures attained through a Freedom of Information show how East Devon District Council (EDDC) has forked out an estimated £41,552 clearing up dumped waste across East Devon between 2015 and 2017.

Exmouth tops the table of towns hit hardest by fly-tipping, with 223 incidents dealt with by the council between 2015 and 2017.

Fly-tipping and rubbish illegally dumped in Exmouth cost taxpayers more than £12,488 over the last two years, the Journal can reveal.

Figures attained through a Freedom of Information request show how the district council has forked out an estimated £41,552 clearing up dumped waste across East Devon between 2015 and 2017.

Exmouth tops the table of towns hit hardest by fly-tipping, with 223 incidents dealt with by East Devon District Council (EDDC) between 2015 and 2017.

The council said fly-tipping offences in Exmouth had declined in the last three years. There were 35 fewer reported fly-tipping offences in Exmouth in 2017 compared to 2015.

In 2015, 93 cases were reported in Exmouth, compared to 72 in 2016.

EDDC said it aimed to reduce fly-tipping through fixed-penalty fines and legal action.

A council spokeswoman said: “We monitor fly-tipping hot spots on a regular basis and clear up fly tipping as quickly as we can.

“The council investigates any leads and takes appropriate enforcement action such as issuing fly-tipping fixed-penalty notices and prosecutions. We will always prosecute or, in certain circumstances, issue a fixed penalty notice where there is sufficient evidence to identify the person or company responsible for the fly-tipped waste.”

EDDC said the statistics seen by the Journal were based on estimated figures used on Waste Data Flow – the national system that councils use to record fly-tip data.

The spokeswoman said: “In reality this figure is lower than the actual cost to EDDC as it is designed more for urban councils than rural ones. It is not possible to get an accurate cost to EDDC due to the huge diversity in size and type of fly-tip, so the costs are estimates only.”

Last year saw the lowest total of reported fly-tipping incidents recorded, with 58 dealt with by EDDC.

Honiton had the second highest number of fly-tipping offences – 134 in total between 2015 and 2017, with an estimated bill of £7,504.

Axminster had 113 reported cases at an estimated cost of £6,328.

To report fly-tipped waste, or information to help the council with its investigations, call 01395 516551 or visit EDDC’s website.


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