Don't Penalise Landowners, says CLA at Great Yorkshire ShowLandowners who have tried to keep fly-tippers off their land should not be penalised by costly clear up bills that's the message the CLA will be promoting at the Great Yorkshire Show.
The CLA says that the Government's decision to block an attempt to shift the cost and responsibility for clearing up waste from private landowners to either the Environment Agency or local authorities will create more misery and mess in the countryside.
A Ten Minute Rule Bill, put forward by Bernard Jenkins MP in March, would have brought about a fundamental and much needed change in the law. Under the Environmental Protection Act (1990) waste dumped on public land is removed by the local authority or the Environment Agency (EA), but there is no protection for private landowners. Instead, landowners who suffer from fly-tipping are threatened with prosecution unless they pay for the rubbish to be removed.
The amendment would have ensured that, where a landowner could prove he had taken all possible action to prevent waste being dumped, the clean-up cost would have been the responsibility of the EA or the local authority.
CLA Yorkshire regional director, Dorothy Fairburn said, "The Government's has missed an important opportunity to take positive action to tackle an increasingly difficult and worrying problem."
She continued; "Yorkshire CLA members tell us fly-tipping is becoming more and more of a problem. They are sick of spending time and cash cleaning up and they are offended by the lack of respect given to the countryside they own and manage.
"The Government's own figures estimate that private landowners are currently footing a £50 million a year bill for clearing up refuse which is illegally dumped on their land."
The CLA has been campaigning for a change in the law so that the burden of cost would not be left on the doorstep of private landowners. The problems go beyond the direct costs and relate to pollution, tourism, health and safety and risks to livestock.
CLA legal experts helped Bernard Jenkins MP draw up the Bill which would have placed a legal responsibility on local authorities to investigate all complaints of fly-tipping.
The CLA continues to campaign for this change to be introduced and is organising a petition at the Great Yorkshire Show.
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A farmerís daughter from the North York Moors, where her brothers still farm, Dorothy has clocked up more than 30 yearsí service to the rural economy since graduating from Wye College (University of London) with a degree in agriculture.
She qualified as a rural practice chartered surveyor (land agent) whilst working for Savills plc in London and York, dealing with sales and purchases of country houses and estates as well as the management of investment estates for financial institutions.
Prior to joining the CLA, Dorothy worked for the National Trust in Yorkshire. There she managed some 30,000 acres of outstanding countryside as well as being responsible for historic houses open to the public and the acquisition of major new properties.
Dorothy was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List in recognition of her services to rural affairs.
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