Fly tippers facing £400 on-the -spot fines

Fly tipping at the Lamberts Castle beauty spot near Axminster

Fly tipping at the Lamberts Castle beauty spot near Axminster - Credit: Archant

East Devon Council gets tough to protect the ‘wonderful coastline and countryside’

New powers to crack down on fly-tippers who blight areas of East Devon have been approved by the district council’s Cabinet.

It means offenders who irresponsibly dump waste can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £400.

The new controls will be used by council officers to deal with small, medium and large fly-tipping offences by householders or unauthorised ‘man and a van’ operations.

Offenders issued with fixed penalties will be given the option to pay a reduced fine of £200 within ten days of receiving the notice. All offenders will also be charged the costs of clearing up the mess.

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Before recent new legislation, the council had three options to deal with fly-tippers. Officers could issue a fixed penalty notice of £80 for littering offences, give a formal caution, or go through a costly, lengthy and complex prosecution through the courts.

Cllr Iain Chubb, the council’s environment spokesman, said: “We live in a beautiful area with two thirds of the district designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we want to keep it that way.

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“People who illegally dump waste are scarring our wonderful Jurassic coastline and countryside. Promoting our outstanding natural environment is one of our top priorities and we hope these new powers will stop potential fly-tippers in their tracks.”

The new powers are expected to be ratified by the full council in July.

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