FLY-TIPPING - A STAIN ON THE CLEAN NEIGHBOURHOODS BILL, SAYS CLA
On the day that the House of Lords debates the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill, the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) slams the Government for making a mess of the fly-tipping provisions.
"This Bill is a mess and the bill for the mess will be picked up by landowners in the countryside," warns Frances Beatty, CLA West Midlands Regional Director. "The Government appear in part of the Bill to recognise that the innocent landowner should not be penalised for material being fly-tipped on his or her land, but then it completely disregards this in another part of the Bill which deals with litter clearing notices.
"Litter clearing notices were designed originally to ensure that areas, such as shopping centres, were kept clear of litter - but they are too blunt a tool for dealing with open land where fly-tipping has occurred.
Frances Beatty asks: "Whatever happened to the principle of the polluter pays? In practical terms, innocent occupiers and owners will simply not have the resources to pay for clean-up and the steps necessary to prevent reoccurrence of the fly-tipping."
The CLA is calling on the Government to acknowledge that fly-tipping is a problem for society, exacerbated by the landfill tax as well as policies on landfill.
"Many occupiers of rural land clear fly-tipped material at their own cost to prevent further incidents and damage to, for example, livestock," Mrs Beatty continues. "Local Authorities and the Environment Agency rarely assist with the clean-up of fly-tipped material on private land. It is only when the Authorities clear fly-tipped material on all land that the true scale of the problem will ever be appreciated and real solutions found.
"The present situation is far from ideal, but this Bill will only make matters worse," she concludes.
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For further information:
Frances Beatty, CLA West Midlands, Regional Director - Tel. 01785 284722, Mob. 07970 186506
Issued by Julie Mate, Marketing Manager, CLA West Midlands, Knightley, Woodseaves, Staffordshire ST20 0JW. Tel. 01785 284722 Mob. 07775 847123 Email. firstname.lastname@example.org
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