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Surrey Heath Borough Council is responding to residents’ concerns about fly-tipping in the area by introducing a dedicated resource to tackle the problem.
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste such as builders’ rubble, garden waste and mixed household waste. The recently formed Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement team will investigate local fly tipping incidents with the aim of securing prosecutions against perpetrators.
The council has launched an appeal for information page on its new website and are offering a financial award of up to £500 for information that leads to a conviction of those responsible.
Residents are reminded of their duty to prevent the illegal fly-tipping of rubbish that might come from their homes. Household Waste Duty of Care Regulations (2005) state that residents are accountable for any waste leaving their property, including from builders or gardeners they employ to carry out work.
Some residents and businesses have started using the local community recycling sites as dumping grounds. In a number of cases, containers have had to be removed. If there is not an appropriate container at a site and individuals leave material on the ground they are fly-tipping and are liable to prosecution.
Julia Greenfield, Surrey Heath’s Audit, Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement Manager said: “People need to be aware they must ensure their household waste is disposed of properly. Any contractor they employ to do building work must have a carrier’s licence to transport waste.
“It’s up to householders who are having work done like double glazing, new kitchens and bathrooms to check that any contractor they appoint to dispose of rubbish from their home, including building and garden waste, has a trade waste carrier’s licence.
“If they don’t have this licence, they are not legally entitled to remove your rubbish.”
Surrey Heath’s portfolio holder for community Councillor Vivienne Chapman said: “We are fortunate to have so many areas of outstanding natural beauty in Surrey Heath and it’s vital that we all work together to help preserve them. I understand that the Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement team is currently appealing for information on a large asbestos fly-tip recently found in Chobham. It is disgraceful that someone has chosen to dump this dangerous waste in a rural area. The clean-up campaign associated with this fly-tip will cost in excess of £1000, money which could be better spent on services which benefit the community as a whole.”
If you have any information that could lead to identifying fly-tippers, please contact the council on 01276 707100 or visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/flytipping
During the morning commute, motorists travel an average speed of just over 22.5mph on Surrey’s A roads – more than 18mph slower than the county with the fastest roads* and nearly 7mph below the county average.
According to Department for Transport (DfT) statistics, the average morning speed of the A317 westbound between Weybridge and Chertsey towards the M25 was just 14.5mph in June – making it the county’s slowest rush-hour road.
Surrey’s second slowest stretch of road was the A2022 going towards Epsom, where morning speeds only reached 15.3mph.
The congestion news comes after Surrey County Council wrote to the Government calling for action to prevent the county’s 3,300 miles of roads missing out on a new highways fund from Vehicle Excise Duty.
Chancellor George Osborne announced the fund in his latest Budget but thecounty council revealed the small print indicates the money will be used for motorways and major A roads managed by Highways England, which account for only 100 miles in Surrey.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways John Furey said: “These average speeds reflect the sheer volume of Surrey rush-hour traffic and are proof that congestion has an enormous impact on our roads but unless the government acts to change the new vehicle tax system money to invest in getting traffic moving faster at peak times is going to take a detour around Surrey.
“That isn’t what the county’s motorists deserve, given that they generate £80 million more in Vehicle Excise Duty than they ever get back and government funding for our roads is falling by £1m a year.”
A full list of average speeds on Surrey’s roads for the morning commute can be found on the DfT website. The map below reveals the 10 slowest Surrey roads during the morning rush-hour.
* DfT figures include metropolitan counties that were abolished in 1986.