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Fly-tipping in Milton Keynes down after Council clampdown

October 21, 2021 1:40 PM

Figures released by the Progressive Alliance show that fly-tipping in Milton Keynes has massively decreased over the past year.

In August 2021, fly-tipping reports made to Milton Keynes Council fell 19% compared to the same period in 2020.

Reports have also been steadily declining over the past six months as the Council continues its efforts to tackle the problem.

MK Council's fly-tipping action plan, which was unveiled in September, details how the Council plans to invest more in CCTV, introduce community skips, and hand out on-the-spot fines for littering, to name a few.

Councillor Paul Trendall, Lib Dem Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said:

"MK Council has issued 53 Fixed Penalty Notices to people that have illegally fly-tipped over the past year."

"The figures released today show that we are heading in the right direction. Fly-tipping is unacceptable, and we will continue to do all that we can to see this positive decline continue."

Councillor Lauren Townsend, Labour Cabinet Member for Public Realm, said:

"Fly-tipping has increased nationally year on year, and we are proud that Milton Keynes has bucked this trend."

"The Progressive Alliance is doing all that we can to stop law-breakers from blighting our communities but recognise that we are in for a continuous battle. That is why we are taking a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping and will continue to prosecute those who actively break the law where necessary."

It was also announced at Full Council last night that MK Council would be improving its tip booking system after consulting with residents.

Councillor Townsend concluded:

"The Progressive Alliance conducted a review into the tip booking system and have listened to residents' comments. We are now pleased that the system will offer on-the-day booking and cancellations, while also allowing visitors to change their registration details last minute."