Council poised to reject fly-tipping extension proposal

Fly-tipping blights the Canterbury district

Canterbury City Council is set to reject a proposal to extend its fly-tipping clearing services to private or unadopted roads.

The authority insists including these roads in its service area would place additional pressure on its budget.

A report going before Community Committee meeting next week offers two options.

They are sticking to the original policy of not clearing fly-tipped waste from private or adopted roads – or revising the policy to allow for council officers to track down landowners and arrange for them to have the rubbish cleared.

But a report by David Ford, the council’s director of commissioned services, argues that the authority should maintain its present system and arrangement with its cleaning contractor Serco.

He writes: “Private roads are not maintained by the highways authority. Private roads are not adopted by the highways authority so are excluded from the definition of relevant land.

“If fly-tipped waste is collected from land which is not categorised as relevant or highway land, the council will need to pay Serco’s costs for the collection, arrange for disposal and pay for disposal costs.

“The disposal arrangements and costs would not be covered by the arrangements with KCC. This would mean that extra financial responsibility would fall on the council and additional budget provision would be required.

“It is not possible to estimate the potential cost of this additional work, as we would have to estimate the number, volume and types of fly-tipping, and subsequently request estimated costs from Serco and find disposal sites for each type of waste and the associated costs for the disposal.”

Mr Ford adds that there is no legal obligation for local authorities to clear rubbish from land not deemed “relevant”.

The community committee meets in the Guildhall at 7pm on Wednesday, January 23.


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