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‘Appalling acts of fly-tipping’ across Keighley district
More than 470 incidents of fly-tipping on public land across Keighley district have been reported to the council in the past year, we can reveal.
But only a tiny fraction – less than two per cent – led to investigations by the authority’s environmental enforcement team. And there were just four successful prosecutions.
It cost the taxpayers an estimated £44,000 to clean-up the mess.
Shocked community leaders this week condemned the culprits, saying they should face the full force of the law.
“Fly-tipping is an appallingly irresponsible, selfish and shameless act,” said Keighley MP Kris Hopkins.
“I know it can be a difficult task to trace those involved, but all efforts must certainly be made.
“To this end, I would encourage local residents who have information that could lead to the identification of these reckless individuals to pass this on to the council or the police. The community would be very grateful to them.”
The figures, obtained by the Keighley News through a Freedom of Information request, show Keighley Central is a fly-tipping hotspot.
In the past financial year, 203 of the 471 reported incidents in the six Bradford Council wards locally were within Central – which includes Lawkholme and Highfield. Among the ward councillors is Khadim Hussain, the current Lord Mayor of Bradford, who said the figures were a huge concern.
“Central is unusual because it takes in the town centre – including areas such as Back Cavendish Street, where there have been a lot of fly-tipping issues,” he added.
“These figures are high and of much concern, but we have been aware of problems for a while and are trying to get funding in place to tackle environmental matters, such as litter, in the town centre. If anything, these figures strengthen our case.”
The ward with the next highest number of incidents was Keighley West, with 70, followed by Bingley Rural – which takes in Cullingworth and Denholme – with 69. Worth Valley – including Haworth and Oxenhope – had 57, Keighley East 41 and Craven 31.
“When incidents occur on public land, our ‘clean teams’ examine the waste for evidence, and if any is found, they photograph and secure that evidence before removing the fly-tipped refuse,” said a council spokesman. The information is then passed to our environmental enforcement team for investigation.”
During the year, the council also received 71 reports of fly-tipping on private sites. In those cases, where the culprit couldn’t be identified, the landowner was required to pay for the waste to be removed.
The overall number of fly-tipping incidents fell slightly compared to 2011-12, when 495 were reported on public land and 98 at privately-owned locations.
The council asks anyone who witnesses fly-tipping to contact officers on (01274) 434366.
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