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Letter: Fly-tipping Is a Symptom of Dysfunctional Government

Published on: 14 Aug, 2021
Updated on: 14 Aug, 2021

From: Ben Paton

In response to: Local Authorities Want Tougher Fines For Fly-tippers

The most effective deterrent would be a high probability of getting caught.

At present, to judge from Traveller incursions in Ripley, Effingham and Ockham and all the fly-tipping that followed, the local authorities do absolutely nothing to hold fly-tippers to account.

The police don’t want to know: trespass is a “private landowner problem” they say. But that ignores all the criminal offences involved in the illegal transport of waste.

The local authorities don’t want to know: “police problem”, they say.

And of course, this problem was created by Surrey County Council imposing high charges at its “recycling” centres.

Another example of dysfunctional government.

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Responses to Letter: Fly-tipping Is a Symptom of Dysfunctional Government

  1. John Perkins Reply

    August 14, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    I fully agree. Local government seems to have lost interest in the boring work of dealing with rubbish and mending potholes and decided to play with high finance instead.

    Meanwhile, the police appear to have lost interest in the boring day-to-day business of catching criminals and seek more excitement in the office, pursuing online “hate” crime.

    They take their lead from the central government which has abandoned all attempts to maintain the general welfare of the country to play doctors and nurses and toy with expensive train sets and Lego buildings.

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