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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 15/09/2003
APPENDIX C - SCOPING REPORT - FLYTIPPING IN WAVERLEY



Summary & Purpose
At the last meeting of the Committee it was agreed that an in-depth review should be carried out into the issue of fly tipping in Waverley. The purpose of this report is to establish the parameters for the review and proposes that it be conducted along the lines of a parliamentary select committee investigation.

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APPENDIX B
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
15TH SEPTEMBER 2003
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Title:
SCOPING REPORT – FLY TIPPING IN WAVERLEY
[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

At the last meeting of the Committee it was agreed that an in-depth review should be carried out into the issue of fly tipping in Waverley. The purpose of this report is to establish the parameters for the review and proposes that it be conducted along the lines of a parliamentary select committee investigation.
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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource UsePollution Prevention and ControlBiodiversity and NatureLocal EnvironmentSocial InclusionSafe, Healthy and Active CommunitiesLocal Economy
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The purpose of undertaking a review of fly tipping is to identify ways of dealing with this problem, conducting a review will not of itself provide positive implications for the quality of life issues set out above. However it is intended that the outcomes of the review would have a positive impact across all or most of the quality of life indicators.

E-Government implications:

Part of the review will be to consider how E Government initiatives could contribute to addressing the problems of fly tipping.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no direct resource and legal implications associated with this report other than the officer time involved in the review. The cost and any legal implications that emerge from the review will be included as part of the final report.
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Background

1. Generally speaking fly tipping can be defined as the illegal deposit of any waste onto land i.e. waste dumped or tipped on a site with no license to accept waste. The type of waste would include general household waste, larger domestic items such as fridges and mattresses, garden refuse, and commercial waste such as builders’ rubble, clinical waste and tyres. 2. Fly tipping is a crime and Sections 33 and 59 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 created an offence of disposing of controlled waste on land in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to health. The offence is punishable by a fine not exceeding 20,000, imprisonment for a term of up to six months or both.

3. The problem of fly tipping has been exacerbated by the introduction of Landfill Tax charged on the disposal of commercial waste. The introduction of the EU Recycling Directive on the disposal of fridges and the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations which will bring most domestic electrical goods under similar rules to those applying to fridges and freezers will make disposal of all these items more costly and potentially increase the likelihood of fly tipping. In addition, from July of this year the Landfill Directive has put a ban on the landfill disposal of whole tyres and shredded tyres by 2006.

Scope of the review

4. It is proposed that the review of fly tipping should examine and focus on addressing the following key questions:

I. What is the extent and nature of the problem in Waverley currently and likely to be over the next 10 years? II. What are the existing systems and procedures for dealing with fly tipping?

III. What current disposal facilities are available in Waverley? IV. What is the cost of dealing with fly tipping and is there scope for sharing these costs between agencies or are there sources of additional funding? V. What is the impact on community safety and health?

VI. What can be done to assist private landowners who suffer from fly tipping? VII. Are arrangements for clearing fly tipped material working effectively? VIII. Are the responsible agencies properly prepared for imminent changes in Government regulations which could increase the incidence of fly tipping? IX. What would be the potential contribution of increased prosecution of offenders? X. What can we learn from best practice and iniatives elsewhere?

The review process

5. It is suggested that the review be conducted along the lines of a parliamentary select committee investigation. This sort of investigation would see a process and outline timetable as follows:

October/November 2003

i) Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Committee issue a press release inviting all interested parties to submit written evidence to the Committee. ii) Officers to identify specific sources of information such as ENCAMS (formerly the Tidy Britain Group), Parish and Town Councils, Surrey County Council and issue specific requests for information/evidence.

End December 2003
iii) Deadline for receipt of written evidence. February 2003
iv) Written evidence assembled and circulated to members of the Committee v) Chairman and Vice-chairman to agree witnesses to be invited to give oral evidence to the Committee. March 2004
vi) Oral hearing. April 2004 (or another date to be agreed)
vii) Consideration of the Committee’s Draft Report

May 2004
viii) Publication of Final Report

Resources

6. The resources necessary to undertake this review will be provided from within existing budgets. Most of the support work will be undertaken by the two Overview and Scrutiny Officers within the time allocated to Overview and Scrutiny work and other officers of the authority will prepare their evidence to the Committee within existing workloads. Any professional invited to give expert evidence to the Committee would be offered reimbursement of their expenses and these sums must be found from within existing budgets.

Recommendation

It is recommended that:
1. the Committee agree to undertake an in-depth review into the problem of fly tipping focused on the key questions identified in the report, and;
2. that the review be conducted in accordance with the process and outline timetable set out above.
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Background Papers

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICERS:

Name: Roger Standing Telephone: 01483 523221

E-mail: rstanding@waverley.gov.uk
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