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Christmas fly tipping crackdown needs to
become a New Year's resolution says CLA
THE CLA in the North has backed a
Christmas crackdown on fly tipping by the region's Councils, but wants them to
make a collective New Year's resolution to continue the 0 tolerance approach far
beyond the festivities.
The Local Government Association says Councils will be using powers to issue
fixed penalty notices up to £400 and seize and destroy vehicles used by
offenders as part of a:- "pre-Christmas, 0 tolerance" nationwide
The news comes as the cost of clearing up fly tipping in England has hit nearly
£50 million, with Councils having to deal with almost 900,000 incidents every 12
months. On top of this is a further £18 million is spent annually on enforcement
Recent incidents have included old processed waste wrapped in 80 black plastic
bales and dumped on land in Sadberge, near Darlington. A similar method of fly
tipping was used to stack bale bags on farmland in the Bishop Auckland area.
Dorothy Fairburn, CLA Director North, said:- "We receive regular reports
from our members of fly tipping, particularly when their land is located on the
fringes of urban areas. The waste involved is not just the occasional bin bag,
but large household items, from unwanted sofas to broken washing machines, and
building materials; even hazardous waste. The estimated average cost to rural
businesses of this anti-social behaviour is £800 per incident and is a
continuing and damaging blight on our countryside. In addition, landowners are
liable for any waste that is fly tipped on their land and can be prosecuted if
they do not clear it away, often at considerable cost to their business. Earlier
this year, we welcomed new government regulations which enable local Councils to
issue fixed penalty notices or fines of up to £400 for small scale fly tipping,
but this is not enough. We support the LGA's call for a speedier and more
effective legal system to deal with offenders more robustly, and urge Councils
to exercise their powers in prosecuting fly tippers. The maximum fine is £50,000
or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates' Court, but this is
never enforced. If it was, it might deter fly tippers. Frequently, it costs more
to bring an offender to Court than the penalty actually imposed. The crackdown
should not just be for the Christmas period, but throughout 2017. This will not
only ease the pressure on the public purse, but also on demoralised farmers and
landowners who are simply fed up with clearing up somebody else's waste at their
Farmers and landowners are being urged to sign a petition calling for tougher
penalties for unscrupulous fly tippers who dump rubbish in the countryside.
Fly tipping can be reported to local Councils
online via a dedicated website. Waste crime can also be reported in confidence
and anonymously to Crimestoppers, by visiting Crimestoppers or by phoning:- 0800
RULES for drone use must be tightened
to address concerns over privacy while flying above residential properties and
privately owned land. Drones have already sparked safety concerns by
flying too close to airports but the CLA which represents landowners, farmers
and rural businesses, is concerned that current regulations are not robust
enough to ensure that privacy is maintained. The Government has launched a
consultation on new drone safety rules in the run up to booming Christmas sales.
CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn said:- "The use of drones both
commercially and for recreation is growing fast. The potential for a wide range
of industries, not least agriculture, is tremendously exciting, but we do need
regulation to keep pace. The growth in the availability of drones with high
resolution cameras for leisure use, rather than industry, presents a significant
risk to privacy and requires action. We need reassurance that drones being flown
over private property or land are being done so legally, professionally and
safely. We must also address the potential for damage to property and injury to
The CLA has already called on the European Aviation Safety Agency to tighten
controls on privacy, data protection and future regulation. Miss Fairburn said:-
"We will respond to the UK government consultation putting forward
workable proposals for drone regulation. We want to see proper guidance on what
individuals can expect from privacy and drone use in relation to both
residential properties and privately owned land. I urge those buying drones as
Christmas gifts for friends and family to use common sense and follow the CLA's
top tips when operating them in order to ensure both privacy and public safety."
New "Notice Of Prosecution" scam
targets small businesses in UK
FOLLOWING on from the recent
'Greater Manchester Police Notice Of Prosecution' email we reported last
week, a new scam is active. This is targeting small businesses and if you click
on the notice it delivers malware.
This spoofing email is headed:- 'The UK Government Insolvency Service.'
It is pretending to be a Company Investigations Inquiry Reminder and
says:- "We have received an accusation about your company which indicates
corporate exploitation." It goes on to say a "court to wind up the
company and stop it trading." should you not respond.
If you have clicked on this email, check your computer for viruses, on regular
bases, as the malware might be time activated!
NHS staff go on manoeuvres
with Army Reserves
HOSPITAL staff got a taste of military life on a team
building and leadership day at Altcar Training Camp, Formby.
18 people took part with representation from the wards, radiology, A&E,
dermatology, sterile services, the walk in centres, administration, theatres and
The day was a mixture of interactive classroom sessions on team building and
conflict resolution. Presentations and command tasks were delivered by the
commanding officer, majors, warrant officers and other personnel from 3 Medical
It also included outdoor command tasks with the grand finale being indoor ranges
where staff demonstrated their newly acquired skills handling SA80 rifles, the
military services’ current issued weapon.
The training day was organised by Kath Higgins, Head of Nursing for Planned
Care, who is also a major with 207 Field Hospital at Chorley based 3 Medical
Regiment. Both are units within the Army Medical Services employing regular and
She said:- "It was 1 of the wettest and windiest days of the year but this
did nothing to quash people’s enthusiasm. We had brilliant feedback and this is
sure to be the 1st of many such exercises."
Letter to Editor:- "Queen demonstrated
"I see that our Queen has once again
demonstrated her concern for her subjects by cancelling a Xmas train trip for
fear of infecting fellow travellers with her cold germs. If only more sniffling
members of the general public could realise that 'coughs and sneezes spread
diseases' and do likewise; especially at this time of year. God bless you,
Ma'am!"John Eoin Douglas.
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