Ellesmere Port Fields area set for crackdown on fly-tippers
14 July 2016After weeks of awareness-raising a campaign to tackle fly-tipping in the Fields area of Ellesmere Port has now reached its enforcement phase.
Officers from Cheshire West and Chester Council's Streetscene and Localities Teams have been visiting houses door-to-door, confirming waste collection arrangements and handing out information leaflets. Signage is also in place to remind offenders that fly-tipping is a crime.
Now the campaign will turn up the heat on thoughtless individuals and anyone caught fly-tipping in the area will be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75, which if left unpaid could result in a court appearance and a fine of up to £50,000, or a 12 month prison sentence.
The Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: "Residents in the area have been very supportive of the campaign and simply won't stand for the irresponsible behaviour of just a few people any more.
"The next phase of the campaign is a clamp down on enforcement and Council officers will be out and about in force issuing on the spot fines to anyone caught fly-tipping.
"However, our officers can't be everywhere and we really need help from residents to identify offenders. Please help your community and Council take a stand against fly-tipping; tell us, in confidence as much information as you can about any incidents."
The Council's Street Care Pledge sets out a shared commitment with local residents to maintain clean and attractive streets. If you spot an environmental problem, like fly-tipping, dog fouling or littering, in your area please use the Your Streets website to report it. The website aims to make reporting problems easier and provide useful information about the range of services the Council provides in communities across the borough.