Basildon Council to consider hiring fly-tipping enforcement firm

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BASILDON Council will consider next week whether to bring in an external company to carry out enforcement work against fly-tippers.

A report published this week said the council had been approached by a company, which had offered a one-year trial period at no cost.

The firm, Cardiff-based National Enforcement Solutions, would officer ‘litter and fly-tipping enforcement’ outside of the hours when the council’s own staff work.

At the end of the trial, the council would review the company’s work and decide whether to hire them on ‘an ongoing basis, subject to a relevant tender exercise’.

The report noted that whilst the company would not be paid for the 12-month trial, the cases it detected would likely cost the council an additional £30,000 to prosecute.

The document said the company’s work would not affect the work of existing council enforcement staff.

The council has already expanded its in-house enforcement team, hiring two new enforcement officers.

In the first eight months of this financial year, the council has instigated 46 prosecutions – more than three times the figure for the whole of the last financial year.

The team has also inspected almost 10,000 refuse and recycling containers, delivered 2,700 education activities aimed at preventing fly-tipping, and issued almost 2,000 enforcement notices under the Environmental Protection Act.

The have found that more than 80 per cent of all fly-tipping reports are concentrated in just seven of the borough’s 16 electoral wards.

The wards are all in the New Town area, with no Billericay or Wickford wards appearing on the list.

Since additional enforcement staff were hired, the number of fly-tipping reports has dropped by more than 15 per cent.

The council’s Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee will meet to discuss the proposed private enforcement trial at the Bas Centre next Wednesday, November 27, at 7pm.

Charles Thomson

Chief ReporterEmail: [email protected]

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