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Residents and a business owner fined more than £2,000 for fly-tipping and littering in Sheerness

Published Tuesday 22 December, 2020
Last updated on Tuesday 22 December, 2020

Seven residents and a business owner have been given fines totalling £2,200 for fly-tipping and littering in Sheerness.

The fixed penalty notices were received for dumping various household waste in connecting alleyways between properties, and in commercial bins in Rose Street and Marine Parade.

Items ranging from bags of household rubbish to furniture including a bed frame, carpet and mattress were seen being dumped by residents.

One couple was caught dumping their old bed frame, carpet and other household waste in a commercial bin in Marine Parade.

Another gentleman was seen dumping old wood in the alleyway outside his property between Invicta Road and Alexandra Road by contractors who were on site already clearing up the mess left by other irresponsible residents.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for the environment at the council, said:

“Many areas have seen an increase in fly-tipping this year. We have been monitoring the illegal dumping of household furniture and waste in the alleyways in Sheerness.

“People have been seen dumping waste ranging from bags of litter to household furniture.

“We’re cracking down on illegal littering and fly-tipping in this area and encourage local residents to contact us to report anyone who is illegally dumping their waste and creating a hazard for everyone. Without your help we’ll never get on top of it.

“It’s not fair for those who dispose of their waste responsibly and we would like to thank those individuals who do the right thing and take the time to help us clear waste and keep the area tidy.

“We have undertaken a range of activities to tackle this issue and a combination of these actions is certainly making a positive impact.

“Household waste and recycling centres are open, and slots can be booked online, so there is no excuse for illegally dumping waste where families are living.

“Our environmental wardens are on the ground and keeping a close eye on the area fining people on the spot.

“By dumping your waste, you risk receiving an on the spot fixed penalty notice of £400 for fly-tipping and £150 for littering.”

To report an incident of littering or fly-tipping call 01795 417850 or visit www.swale.gov.uk/bins-littering-and-the-environment/littering/report-fly-tipping.

To book a slot at a Kent County Council household waste and recycling centre visit www.kent.gov.uk/environment-waste-and-planning/rubbish-and-recycling/household-waste-recycling-centres/visiting-a-hwrc-during-coronavirus.

To book a bulky collection with the council call 01795 417888 or visit www.swale.gov.uk/bins-littering-and-the-environment/bins/book-collection-of-bulky-items.

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