With levels of fly-tipping spiralling in the city, councillors have supported a plan to increase street cleansing teams in the city over the coming weeks and months.
The Council’s budget was outlined today and as part of a commitment to maintain frontline services the local authority is giving its backing to fund an extra mobile fly-tipping team along with two extra street cleaning barrows.
An amendment was supported at today’s council meeting which will result in one-off funding of £107,000 used for more street cleansing and to target an increase in fly-tipping particularly in Foleshill and the Hillfields areas of the city.
Cllr Jayne Innes, Cabinet Member for City Services, said that the one-off funding was in response to an increase in cases of fly tipping and concerns about litter in parts of the city.
She said: “We’ve always said how important frontline services are, and that’s why we have decided that it is absolutely vital that we tackle the issue of fly-tipping head on.
“Councillors and officers have worked hard to set out a balanced budget and we felt that one-off funding would mean that we can target areas of the city where there have been high rates of fly-tipping, and where extra street cleansing is necessary.
“This is a national problem and we want to get a clear message out that culprits will be prosecuted.”
Additional funding will pay for two barrows and a mobile fly-tipping team that will include staff and a flatbed lorry.
The additional resource will predominantly target the Foleshill and St Michaels wards where 80 per cent of fly-tipping in the city happens.
Last year the Council prosecuted 35 people for fly-tipping.
Fly-tipping is an offence and the fly-tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if dealt with at Crown Court) or an offender may face a prison sentence.
There are 15 cases currently going through the judicial system this year. The council is also calling on the public to be vigilant.
Cllr Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader of the Council said that people found to be fly-tipping will be targeted. He said: “I’ve seen the results of fly-tipping. It is anti-social behaviour and a criminal act that causes misery to law abiding communities. I’d urge anyone who witnesses fly –tipping to report it when they see it. Where we can gather evidence we will prosecute the offenders”
Anyone who wants to report fly tipping at www.coventry.gov.uk/reportflytipping or call 08085 834333.