councillor attacks 'pitiful' fines for illegal fly tippers
angry Highbridge councillor has this week attacked the 'pitiful'
fines being given to illegal fly tippers.
Leach has hit out at Sedgemoor District Council's portfolio holder
for the Environment, Councillor Richard Burden, after 50 fines
of just £50 each were issued for illegal fly-tipping.
pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I welcome the news that
fines have been issued over this awful activity, however I have
some concerns as to whether these fines go far enough."
isn't simply a fine to punish people for their offence, but to
ensure that council's costs of their actions are met. It is unacceptable
that taxpayers pay for other people's actions."
Mr Burden was unaware of the figures, but pledged 'he would respond
as soon as he can'.
It follows the County Council's decision earlier this year to
reduce the hours at recycling centres and impose new charges for
certain types of waste, including Highbridge recycling centre.
Some people have felt aggrieved at paying the additional cost
and have sought to illegally dump their waste.
Councillor Leach added: "I totally understand people's frustrations
at having to pay extra costs to recycle, but the answer is not
to illegally dispose of it, as this will cost more in the long
run. Please instead write to your county councillor, expressing
Fly-tipped waste in Burnham's Stoddens Lane and, above, Cllr Leach