Plans to bolster Doncaster's fly-tipping team with £466,000 investment

Doncaster Council will invest more money into tackling fly-tipping across the borough with a cash injection as formed in the next yearly budget.
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The council, which has been fighting an up-hill battle against callous fly-tippers in both domestic and more rural settings, will provide an additional £466,000 to try and get on top of the problem.

The investment will include the creation of 15 new jobs to help with clear-up and enforcement of fly-tipping practices.

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Doncaster Council is to invest in its fly-tipping teamDoncaster Council is to invest in its fly-tipping team
Doncaster Council is to invest in its fly-tipping team

The resources will go towards hotspot areas and increased CCTV covert operations to help catch those who dump rubbish.

Doncaster Council has prosecuted eight people for fly tipping offences during 2020, with a further 21 cases still waiting to be heard as a result of court delays caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. A total of 73 Fixed Penalty Notices were also issued.

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said: “Through Doncaster Talks surveys, our residents have told us that making Doncaster cleaner and greener and eliminating fly-tipping is one of their top priorities, and it is also mine.

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Fly-tipping is a criminal act and we are determined to hold these criminals to account and stop them ruining Doncaster’s landscape by dumping their disgusting rubbish in our green and urban areas.

“Increased resources will not only mean we can respond to clearing fly-tipping incidents quicker, but will also focus on catching those responsible and taking legal action as well as educating local residents, landlords and businesses about how to dispose of their waste correctly.

“With this three pronged attack, we are continuing our efforts to make Doncaster a cleaner and greener place for all to enjoy.”

The mayor’s budget over the next three years has shown a budget gap of around £18.9 million, a council tax rise of 2.99 per cent and the loss of around 27 jobs over the next two years.

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Council finance bosses have said the job reductions will be achieved through the deletion of vacant posts, redeployment and then voluntary redundancies. At this stage, compulsory redundancies ‘are not expected’.