£100 reward for catching a Wyre fly tipper
Published on Tuesday 10th August 2010
Cash rewards are being offered to residents who help Wyre Borough Council catch fly tippers.
During a six-month pilot scheme, £100 will be given to people who provide information leading to the prosecution of anyone who illegally dumps rubbish on public land.
The reward has been introduced to tackle a growing problem in Wyre's neighbourhoods, particularly those with a network of unadopted alleyways or rural areas where hedgerows provide screening.
Councillor Paul Moon, Cabinet member with responsibility for waste removal, said:
"Fly tippers dump their rubbish when they think they won't be spotted. Combined with the need for strong evidence, this makes it very difficult to take action against them.
"Enlisting the help of residents gives us more eyes and ears in our communities. Their evidence could help us secure more prosecutions, which is often enough to stop offenders doing it again.
"Fly tippers might also think twice if they know more people are watching out for them."
The person providing the evidence must give their name and address and be prepared to attend court where necessary. Information (with pictures where possible) can be passed on to the council in a number of ways
- by texting to 01253 891000 (area code must be entered)
- by calling 01253 891000
- online at www.wyrebc.gov.uk/Find/51055
- in writing to Street Scene Enforcement Officer, Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 7PU.
The scheme will be evaluated at the end of six months to determine take up and impact on fly tipping statistics.
In the 12 months to January 2010, the council recorded 4,805 incidents of fly tipping, the vast majority of these taking place in the back streets of Fleetwood.
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