£500 cash reward after horde of tyres dump near Walsall beauty spot
Written by The Newsroom on September 8, 2019
Council bosses have offered up a £500 cash reward to anyone who provides information after a huge pile of tyres were dumped in at a Walsall beauty spot.
The tidy lump sum – which is being offered by Walsall Council – was offered out after the brazen fly-tippers dumped their waste in Vernon Way on Saturday, September 7.
Councillor Garry Perry branded the mess as unacceptable, which is near Sneyd Local Nature Reserve.
“There really is no excuse for this kind of activity,” he said. “These sort of tyres cannot be tipped ordinarily at local tips – there is a limit on the numbers. They should be taken to national reclyicng centres as the proper way forward for any reputable business.”
Environment chiefs have turned to the public to try and eradicate the scourge of fly-tipping are hopeful the prospect of a cash reward will persuade people to tell all about neighbours or others they spot dumping rubbish.
A senior Walsall councillor also wants to lobby government to change community service rules and force fly-tippers to clean up their own mess.
Walsall Council’s cabinet approved new measures aimed at tidying the borough including hiring eight new ‘barrowmen’ on a temporary basis and restoring an agency budget to cover sickness and holiday absences.
The authority will also access Community Payback – which involves people carrying out unpaid work for crimes they have committed – to carry out street cleansing activities.
But councillor Garry Perry, portfolio holder for community, leisure and culture, added he wanted to see those who commit environmental crimes such as fly-tipping, graffiti and littering to be the ones who cleaned it up.
He said: “Community payback involves people who are already on the restorative justice programme. But actually, that lets off the vast majority of others who commit fly-tipping crime on a daily basis who are offered fines. Changes to the law allowed us to offer higher fines which we have done.
“But I want to bring forward a motion to the council where we press ministers into introducing orders for anyone who is caught and prosecuted for such crimes to carry out community service such as picking up litter and removing graffiti.
“This change would people accountable for their actions. The eight new street barrowmen will work across the borough between October and March next year, at a cost of £131,000.”
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