Anyone caught fly tipping in Polegate, Wilmington, or Pevensey can now be fined £400 on the spot.
New powers have been granted to the Street Scene Officers from Wealden District Council.
“The new powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices will provide Wealden with another weapon in its arsenal to help crack down on fly tippers,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Cabinet member with responsibility for landscape and conservation.
“Our street scene team has been successful in taking a number of fly tippers to court, and they will continue to do so. Spot fines will be particularly useful in small scale cases of environmental crime when the only penalties available were cautions, warning letters and clearance costs.
“Whatever the size, fly tips in the Wealden countryside are a terrible eyesore and something we will not tolerate. There are six Household Waste Recycling Sites in the District, and we provide a special collection service for bulky waste. More details on our website.”
Wealden District Council can now issue Fixed Penalty Notices to fly tippers, where appropriate, instead of instigating criminal proceedings. However, should a person who has been issued with an Fixed Penalty Notice choose not to pay, they can still be prosecuted for the original offence.
Large scale or multiple fly tipping offences will continue to be pursued through the courts as this still provides a more effective method of penalising offenders and deterring others. The courts can impose higher fines and offenders could face a prison sentence.
Wealden’s Street Scene Team has a successful record of investigating and prosecuting those who fly tip within the District, resulting in a lower number of fly tips annually than many other authorities in the South East.