Fly-tipping around the Daventry district has seen a huge increase of 57 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Figures show that in the three months (February, March and April of this year) since changes were made to the town’s recycling centre opening hours there were 311 reports of fly-tipping in the district. That compares to 198 in the same period in 2014 – a rise of 57 per cent or 113 extra incidents.
However, the increases jump even higher if you look at the individual months: February, when the reduced tip hours were brought in, was up 70 per cent year-on-year, and March by 73 per cent. April brings the overall figure down with an increase of 35 per cent.
The Daventry Express requested the figures from Daventry District Council after receiving comments from several people saying they believed there was more fly-tipping since the Browns Road centre’s opening hours were reduced.
The figures do show a startling increase in the amount of rubbish being dumped locally. However, it is difficult to prove a direct link between the changes in the tip’s hours and the upsurge in fly-tipping.
The tip in Brown’s Road had its opening hours reduced at the start of February this year by Northamptonshire County Council as a cost-cutting measure.
Clearing up fly-tipping falls to Daventry District Council, which not only has to pay staff to clear it up, but then also pays to have the rubbish disposed of correctly. Cllr Wendy Randall has campaigned against litter and fly-tipping. She said: “It is hard to pin down exactly what is behind this increase.
“I’ve heard anecdotally that fly-tipping has increased since the changes at the tip.
“Is it down to the tip hours changing? Are people driving up, finding it closed and just dumping it in a lay-by?
“But it could be that there’s more people moving home, or redecorating.
“Is it a cultural thing? We have people who have moved here from other countries, and is it the correct thing there to leave waste items by the side of the road or near bins for the authorities to pick it up? If it is, what’s happening here is that it’s being reported to DDC who pick it up, so you can see why people might not realise it’s not the right thing to do.
“Or is it because people don’t have cars and the cost of paying the council to pick something up is so high?
“It is a really complicated issue. But clearing up fly-tipping costs the district council money and therefore it costs the taxpayers money.”
Maria Taylor, community manager at Daventry District Council, said: “We have seen an increase in the number of fly-tipping cases in Daventry district. It is a criminal offence that’s costly to the taxpayer and we will prosecute the perpetrators when we have the evidence to do so.
“There is no excuse for fly-tipping and rubbish or unwanted goods should be disposed of responsibly.”
– Daventry District Council is set to write to the county council requesting a review of the tip opening times.