BUSINESSES and landowners across the Hampshire area are calling for heftier sanction to combat a rise in fly-tipping.
The demand has been made by CLA South East, which represents thousands of landowners, traders and farmers across the region.
It comes after a number of high-profile fly-tipping sites were unearthed, including one on the outskirts of Havant which was branded the area’s ‘worst’ by investigators.
Figures show out of 997,553 fly-tipping incidents nationally in 2017/2018, just 137 vehicles were seized – down from 197 in 2016/201 – and out of 2,243 prosecutions, 1,938 fines were imposed, most commonly between £200-500.
However, the CLA estimates it can cost farmers and landowners £844 to clear up fly-tips on their property. Robin Edwards, CLA regional director, said: ‘Private landowners are fed up of having to clear up other people’s mess, and paying for the privilege.’