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Council vow to get tough on selfish fly-tippers

Posted on 31 Mar 2020
NORTH Ayrshire Council has blasted people fly-tipping and dumping rubbish –  saying they are putting unnecessary pressure on resources that are needed for the region’s most vulnerable residents.

Over the last 48 hours, officers have been left angry by the selfish acts of a few and have vowed that anyone caught will be punished and fined.

Items have been discarded in Sloan Avenue and Clark Drive, Irvine, in full view of neighbouring properties, while there have been other incidents across North Ayrshire.

The Council’s Enforcement team are set to ramp up patrols, while they will also use mobile cameras to aid detection.

Anyone caught, whether in the act or retrospectively, will be hit with a £200 fixed penalty notice.

The Council – who say the amount of dog mess is also on the rise – has urged residents to play their part by providing information.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet member for Place, said: “This is completely unacceptable and it means we are wasting time and resources tidying this mess when officers could be more usefully deployed helping some of our most vulnerable residents.

 “Fly-tipping is always very, very selfish but in the situation we all face just now it is particularly hard to take. We all need to be in this together and this is just slowing us all down and very frustrating.

“Our Enforcement Team are going to step up patrols and will hand out fines if they catch you or identify the culprits through investigation.

“We would urge you all to please show some consideration and think about the impact your actions may have. We need our resources – which don’t forget are really stretched just now – to be absolutely focused on those who really need them. “

“The Team has a great track record of catching up with offenders, and I have every confidence that we will see fines issued for this mindless and disappointing activity”

The Council has been forced to close their Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) during the pandemic. Residents are urged to retain any larger items at home until either the HWRCs are re-opened and/or special uplift service resumes.

The Enforcement team will also be patrolling of our HWRCs to ensure waste is not being left at gates as this is also classed as fly tipping.

Anyone caught fly tipping is liable for a fine of £200, similarly, anyone not clearing up after their dog can be hit with a £80 fine.

Contacts: Dumb Dumpers   0845 2 30 40 90 or online https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/DumbDumpers

 EnvironmentalEnforcementTeam@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or 01294310000

 Online at https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/bins-litter-and-recycling/report-a-bin-litter-or-graffiti-issue.aspx

 Download the “report it” app for smartphones.