Fly-tipping is damaging to the environment, unsightly and very upsetting to those affected, which is why I’ve long campaigned on the issue. Fenland District Council has had more than 600 reports over the last six months which is far too many. However, I’m pleased to see officers are proactively investigating in order to bring the culprits to justice. More than 100 of these sites have been visited to look for evidence which can help identify where the waste has originated from and who may be responsible. Evidence has been found and a number of interviews have taken place under caution resulting in ongoing investigations and one fixed penalty notice of £300 issued to a business which failed to dispose of its waste responsibly. There are also two prosecutions pending dates at Peterborough Magistrates Court. There is still much to do but it’s good to see the council taking fly tipping seriously and I’d urge members of the public to support this by helping to report incidences and checking who they employ to take their waste away and to question where it is being taken.