A bid to remove vehicles from serial fly-tippers has been given the backing of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) in Northamptonshire.
The organisation is throwing its support behind proposed amendments to the Control of Pollution Act 1989 currently working their way through Parliament.
The proposals would allow police to seize the vehicles of people caught fly-tipping in the countryside.
Now the Northamptonshire branch of the CLA, which represents thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses across the eastern region, has announced that it backs stronger action against those involved in the crime.
Statistics suggest there is a fly-tipping incident every 30 seconds in England – equating to 107,000 a month.
CLA East regional director Ben Underwood, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious issue for landowners in Northamptonshire and across the whole of the eastern region.
“It blights the countryside and we have called for culprits to be dealt with more robustly for years.”
Mr Underwood said fly-tipping is often conducted by ‘organised criminal gangs’ though landowners are currently liable for any waste dumped on it.
“It costs rural businesses up to £150 million in clean-up costs every year,” he added. “If new powers can reduce it by as little as two percent, we are optimistic this could lead to at least £15 million of savings every five years for private landowners.
“These measures should come into force as soon as possible and must be backed up by the police and councils treating the catching of offenders as a local priority.”
CLA East is currently seeking evidence of fly-tipping that has taken place in rural Northamptonshire by providing photographs of the result, with details of date, location and any further information.
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