Council spends £29,000 on flytipping in Chesterfield but dish out just £160 in fines

Council chiefs spent £14,000 investigating local flytipping last year - but the culprits were fined just £160.

Monday, 6th March 2017, 4:35 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:12 am
Flytipping is on the increase across the East Midlands.

New government statistics show that flytipping in Chesterfield has risen by more than 43 per cent over the last four years, from 303 reported incidents in 2012-13, to 436 in 2015-16.

The cost of clearing up after flytippers set back taxpayers more than £15,000 last year.

That includes spending £5,700 on small van load clearances, and £690 on clearances with tipper lorries.

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While some areas such as Sunderland, Lewes, Lancaster and South Lakeland saw the amount of flytipping incidents falls by almost three-quarters over the four years since 2012, others told a different story.

In Hackney, London, there was a ten fold increase in flytipping, from 599 incidents to 6,917 in just four years.