Proposals to seize the vehicles of people caught fly-tipping in the Lincolnshire countryside are being backed by an organisation representing rural landowners.
The CLA, which represents thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses across its eastern region, has indicated in a Government consultation on fly-tipping that it backs stronger action against those involved in the crime.
Statistics suggest there is a fly-tipping incident every 30 seconds in England – equating to 107,000 a month.
CLA East regional director Ben Underwood said: “Fly-tipping is a serious issue for landowners in Lincolnshire; it blights the countryside and we have called for culprits to be dealt with more robustly for years.
“Fly-tipping is often conducted by organised criminal gangs and we see the power to remove vehicles as a positive step forward in reducing incidences of fly-tipping.
“Landowners remain liable for any waste that is fly-tipped on their land and can be prosecuted if they do not clear it away.
“It costs rural businesses up to £150million in clean-up costs every year. If new powers can reduce it by as little as two per cent, we are optimistic this could lead to at least £15 million of savings every five years for private landowners.
“These measures should come into force as soon as possible and must be backed up by the police and councils treating the catching of offenders as a local priority.”
CLA East is currently seeking evidence of fly-tipping that has taken place in Lincolnshire. Photographs of the result, with details of date, location and any further information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Landowners should report instances to their local authority first, but if they see a crime in progress they should call the police.