fly-tipping near Alvaston on Nantwich to crewe Greenway

Cheshire East Council cleared 4,428 fly-tipping incidents across the borough in 12 months but did not prosecute a single person, writes Belinda Ryan.

Fines totalling £3,400 were handed to fly-tippers in the 12-month period leading up to March 2022, a freedom of information request has revealed.

Of these, a massive 3,491 incidents were in Crewe and £3,000 worth of the fines related to fly-tipping in that town.

Cheshire East Council told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that securing prosecutions for fly-tipping isn’t easy.

Cllr Mick Warren (Ind), chair of the environment and communities committee, said: “Securing prosecutions for fly-tipping is an extremely difficult task, as the burden of proof has to be of a criminal standard.

“Fly tipping constitutes a number of different areas, many of which might include single items such as toys, bed-frames, settees, rubble, and other items that cannot be searched or sifted through for evidence.

“The only cases our enforcement team can deal with are those where the initial report details a witness, a member of public that might have evidence that would lead to an offender or, where there is a chance of finding information within the fly-tipped waste which would contain further lines of enquiry.”

He said the community enforcement team is a small team which deals with investigations of fly-tipping where there are lines of enquiry.

Their other duties involve:

investigation and enforcement of abandoned vehicles
investigation and enforcement of witnessed breach of dog fouling and dog control Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)
business and household waste duty of care
working on a vehicle on the highway
vehicles for sale on the highway

“They are unable to attend each report of fly-tipping or littering,” Cllr Warren said.

“The payment rate on the fixed penalty notices issued in the period 1 April 2021 to 22 March 2022 was very high, and as a result, there wasn’t a need to pursue further with a prosecution.

“Whenever evidence is found or a witness comes forward with information, we will always endeavour to make further enquiries.

“We are also – thanks to funding received by Crewe Town Council – trialling the use of cameras in hotspots as a deterrent to fly-tippers and this is due to be implemented in the coming months.

“We are looking at increased partnership working that would enhance the team with additional resource to allow for increased preventative foot patrols, which due to current demand, the team are unable to undertake.”

Cllr Warren said the Cleaner Crewe project – which tackles streets and alleyways in Crewe blighted by poor waste management – has seen a significant drop in the number of fly-tipping cases being reported.

CEC runs a “4 Es” approach –  engage, educate, encourage and enforce “only when there is a failure to cooperate or where there are persistent breaches, is having a very positive effect”.

“If enforcement action is required, the council acts according to the powers available to it as set out in its community enforcement policy,” he said.

“The council within its corporate plan is committed to providing welcoming, safe and clean neighbourhoods and a key objective under this priority is to reduce littering and fly-tipping.”

6 Comments

  1. The Observer says:

    4,428 cases and not a single shred of evidence to prosecute I feel somebody is not doing their job properly. I wonder if their job description covers the leading up to prosecutions work?

  2. The Observer says:

    In the hot spots I would imagine not just random places

  3. Mike Talbot says:

    Actually you are incorrect, Stoke council have put these cameras in hot spots in the city and rural areas where this is most prevalent they don’t waste their money not catching these criminals so why does Cheshire East not bother? Never mind council tax will rise to pay for it eh?

  4. Ted Dyson says:

    Really, you only think fly tipping happens in rural areas do you, think again streets in the town are easy prey too if you only cared to check the records before you mouth off

  5. And where exactly are these cameras going to be placed in the rural expanse of Cheshire East Countryside Mike Talbot?

  6. Mike Talbot says:

    There is no cost of this mentioned such cost next year would be better spent on video cameras like some more successful councils consider a better use of our taxes, epic fail CE

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