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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 20/01/2004

Date: 20 January 2004



Ongoing concerns expressed by residents about fly-tipping in the borough are being addressed by Waverley following the selection of fly-tipping as an issue for an in-depth review by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Fly tipping, where rubbish is abandoned illegally in public places, can have an adverse effect on the levels of crime and disorder within a neighbourhood. In extreme cases tranquil countryside retreats can degenerate into rubbish tips in a matter of days causing damage to the environment.

Waverley's Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be undertaking an in-depth investigation in the coming months to consider how the council can work together with other organisations to prevent fly-tipping from taking place in the borough.

Councillor Richard Gates, the chairman of the Committee said: “For a rural borough such as ours this is an important issue for residents. The review will focus on answering a range of questions including; identifying the current extent and nature of the problem in Waverley, how it is likely to change over the next ten years, what systems, procedures and disposal facilities currently exist to deal with fly-tipping and what impact this issue has on public health and community safety.” He added: “The review will also look at what Waverley can learn about best practice and initiatives from other local authorities and what procedures can be put in place to discourage people from fly-tipping.”

Councillor Byron Grainger-Jones, a member of Waverley's Executive Committee, said: “Fly-tipping should be regarded as anti-social behaviour that has a damaging impact on the whole community. By focusing on ways to eradicate this problem and by seeking suggestions from the public, Waverley continues to demonstrate its comminment to maintain an attractive and safe environment."

The Committee will meet in March 2004 to question and receive evidence and information from invited council representatives and other interested groups. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting but will not be allowed to participate in discussions.

Members of the public may contribute to the review by submitting their views in writing or by email before 19th February 2004. Please send letters to Roger Standing or Louise Goodfellow, Chief Executive’s Department, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1HR or email rstanding@waverley.gov.uk or lgoodfellow@waverley.gov.uk.