The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has welcomed the Government’s new plan to tackle fly-tipping and waste crime.

CLA South East represents thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses in Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight.

Regional Director Tim Bamford said: “On average, each incident of fly-tipping costs the farmer or landowner almost £1,000 to clean up, and in the most extreme cases can cost up to £100,000. Two thirds of all farmers and landowners have at some stage been a victim.

“After many years of lobbying from the CLA, the Government is beginning to recognise the appalling harm fly-tipping is doing to the countryside.

“The incidences highlighted by local authorities are usually just the tip of the iceberg, given that hundreds of thousands of offences on private land go unrecorded.

“These measures are a good start. However, Government must go further still concentrating on increasing prosecutions and imposing heavy fines on convicted offenders.”

The Government announcement is here.

By Ed

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