Rutland and Melton MP, Alicia Kearns, has welcomed the Chancellor’s recently announced package of measures to crack down on fly tipping.
In 2018-19, local authorities in England dealt with over 1 million fly tipping incidents, an increase of 8 per cent from the year before, with nearly two thirds of fly-tips involving household waste.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, is set to announce a £9 million fund to combat fly tipping at Wednesday’s budget alongside a package of measures tailored to tackle this scourge.
It is expected that plans for a mobile app, which will allow people to report dumped rubbish easily from their phones, will also be unveiled this week.
Backed with £2 million of funding, the app will be developed to assist local authorities in cracking down on fly tipping offenders. With a function enabling members of the public to submit photographs of illegally dumped rubbish, the technology will allow local authorities to identify fly tipping ‘hotspots. This could result in CCTV cameras being installed in the most impacted areas.
Crucially, the technology will assist experts at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs to build evidence and bets practice on fly tipping deterrence to inform future policy.
Rutland and Melton MP, Alicia Kearns, said:
“In the election I pledged to combat fly tipping and have been working hard alongside other MPs to get this issue on the agenda.
“I welcome the Chancellors innovative and well-funded plans to crack down on the scourge of fly tipping. Fly tipping is a blight on our communities, and these selfish actions ruin our beautiful countryside and can place enormous financial strain on farmers.
“I am sure that Rutland and Melton’s residents will work with local authorities to report incidents of fly tipping so perpetrators can be caught.”
Alicia Kearns MP continues to work with local and national stakeholders alongside other Members of Parliament to combat fly tipping.