At the Cheshire East Council meeting on Thursday 25th February the budget included Labour proposals to increase monitoring and enforcement action on fly tipping.
The work of Cllrs Mannion and Roberts and the task and finish group into fly tipping was recognised in the budget with £80,000 allocated for enforcement action and efforts to change behaviour. If a proper 3 year financial strategy had been prepared then it could have been seen that the proposed actions would generate savings in future years, by reducing costs of clearing up dumped rubbish. If we cut down on fly tipping we save money AND stop the blight on communities. So investing £80,000 in 2016/17 will improve the environment and save money over 3 years.
Brian Roberts, Labour Councillor for Crewe West, said “Fly tipping is a serious problem. In Crewe alone, there have been a staggering 1000 reported incidents in the last 6 months. This is just reported incidents. Once rubbish is dumped more rubbish is deposited at that point. So the 1000 reported incidents could well be 2000 or 3000 incidents or more.”
Nick Mannion, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield West & Ivy, said “The council should be seeking out those selfish individuals and businesses who blight our neighbourhoods by illegally dumping often dangerous waste and rubbish. They should then be subject to prosecution for this environmental crime. I am pleased that the work of the group of which I was a member has resulted in action to address fly tipping.