A review into fly-tipping enforcement in the Warwick district will be carried out amid concerns about offenders not being prosecuted.
As we reported in The Courier last week, nearly 3,000 cases of fly-tipping have been reported in the district over the last three years but no one has been prosecuted for any of these crimes.
This has angered residents and councillors in those wards where fly-tipping is most prevalent.
In a letter to neighbourhood services portfolio holder Cllr David Shilton (Con, Park Hill), the Friends of Black Lane group, who clear away litter from the area of Lillington, said: “Warwick District Council has stone walled all our efforts to work collaboratively with them to tackle this problem.
“The council has no strategy on fly-tipping and litter except to clear it away at a cost to the tax payer.
“Money spent on hiring contractors to drive around Leamington collecting fly-tips and picking up litter could be diverted to vital frontline services.
“It would be prudent to work with communities and have active prevention and fining actions in place to secure a reduction in fly-tipping and litter going forward, because as other councils have discovered, this lowers costs in the long term.”
At a meeting of the full council at Leamington town hall on Wednesday night, it was announced that a review on fly-tipping and waste enforcement will be discussed in the coming months.
Council leader Cllr Andrew Mobbs (Con, Park Hill) said: “This administration shares the concerns of residents and councillors about fly-tipping.
“And to this end we have instructed officers to conduct a review and put a paper before the executive which outlines not only what can be done about fly-tipping but all our enforcement processes.”