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“Sending a clear message!” Fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour fines to rise by up to £600 n East Lindsey

The fine for fly-tipping in one Lincolnshire district is set to more than double.

Fines for other acts of anti-social behaviour are also set to rise next week.

East Lindsey District Council have supported a £600 rise in the fixed penalty charge for people caught dumping their waste.

Fly-tipping reported in Burgh Le Marsh
Fly-tipping reported in Burgh Le Marsh

This is more than double the previous £400 charge, meaning fly-tipping fines will now stand at £1,000.

The decision will come into effect from Monday (May 13).

The new environmental offences regulations, which came into force on July 31 last year have increased the upper fixed penalty limit for the specified offences.

The regulations were introduced as part of the Government’s anti-social behaviour action plan launched earlier this year, supporting councils in tackling environmental crime offences.

Along with the fly-tipping increase measures, littering offences (including dropping cigarette ends, spitting and urination) will be increased to £250, offences for household waste duty of care will be increased to £600 and graffiti and fly-posting offences will be increased to £300.

All will have early payment reductions if paid within 10 days.

Coun Martin Foster, Portfolio Holder for Operational Services at East Lindsey District Council, said: “I fully support the decision to increase fixed penalty charges for fly-tipping and other environmental offences in East Lindsey District.

“This significant rise in penalties reflects our commitment to tackling these issues head-on and sending a clear message that such behaviour will not be tolerated in our community.

“By increasing penalties and providing early payment reductions, we aim to deter offenders while also encouraging responsible waste management practices among residents and businesses.

“Remember, we all have a role to play in keeping our environment clean and safe. Together, let's combat fly-tipping and protect the beauty of East Lindsey for future generations.

"This decision also supports the council's commitment set out in the five-year sub-regional strategy where one priority is ‘environment’ working with partners to increase biodiversity, discourage fly-tipping and environmental crime; maintain and seek to improve street cleanliness; work with communities to develop green spaces; protect and enhance built heritage and environment."

Any fixed penalty notices not paid within the timeframe given by the issuer will be passed on for court action.

This could also lead to a criminal conviction on their records.

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