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Letter: It's time to make tipping easy

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SIR – My experience of fly-tipping includes two loads deposited on our property and recorded on CCTV.

The council was aware of this fly-tipper on numerous occasions as he was on their records.

They had a bullet proof case with the evidence provided but the council said “they were still attempting to progress the case against the person responsible and were preparing a file with a view to it being reviewed by our barrister to see if it meets the evidential sufficiency to test to take the case to court”.

This was 18 months ago. I requested numerous times for the council to publish how many prosecutions the NFDC had managed to bring to court over the last 10 or 15 years.

No response to this question, so can we take it that the answer is zero? It cost me £650 to clear up the rubbish left by the fly-tipper. The council said I can claim this but with no conviction, no payment.

With the high charges made for depositing rubbish at the New Forest waste recycling centres and no prosecutions for fly-tipping in the Forest, what do councils expect?

If tipping was easy and cheap at the waste recycling centres, fly-tipping would be solved overnight.

How much does Hampshire County Council obtain from their recycling centres? Does this make sense bearing in mind the huge cost of operating and cleaning up fly-tipping in the New Forest which is going to increase dramatically in the future?

Perhaps the councils should look at reviewing how staff who are responsible for waste and fly-tipping are managing this, and how they are going to address the matter as this is going to be with us for a long time.

Sammy Miller,

New Milton

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