Over 4,000 incidents of fly-tipping have been reported to Solihull Council in the last year – but only six of these resulted in fines.
We’ve mapped the borough’s worst fly-tipping hotspots based on data revealed by a Freedom of Information request, which highlighted one unfortunate street which has fallen victim to fly-tippers 49 times in the last 12 months.
The number of reports made about unsightly rubbish dumped on pathways, roads and parks has sky-rocketed in Solihull, with 4,107 cases recorded between August 2020 and July 2021 compared to 3,001 the previous year.
That’s an even bigger increase on the 2,631 reports made in 2018 to 2019.
But despite the rapid rise in reports, only 0.15 per cent of cases resulted in a fine – and that’s despite all five of the borough’s worst-hit hotspots having CCTV in operation on the road.
Six fly-tipping fines have been issued by Solihull Council over the last 12 months, with the highest being £400 for dumping domestic waste.
Seven fines were issued in the year up to July 2020 and no fines were issued the year before that.
Aqueduct Road in Shirley was struck by fly-tippers 49 times in the last 12 months. That’s more than any other street in the borough.
A spokesperson for Solihull Council was unavailable for comment, but Councillor Mark Parker, Conservative ward member for Shirley East, said the issue was costing the council a huge amount of money.
He said: “Fly-tipping is an issue across all authorities and I too have intermittent issues in my ward too, but not as bad as possibly experienced in some isolated rural parts of our borough.
“Fly-tipping costs our council a huge amount of money to clear up and, in the day post-Covid, it is precious funds we cannot afford to spend.”
Solihull Council previously told BirminghamLive it could only launch a prosecution if there is “sufficient evidence” to prove a defendant is guilty.
A spokesperson said in July it was difficult to prosecute offenders because, in many cases, fly-tipping is not witnessed or witnesses are not willing to provide evidence that can be used in court.
They said fixed penalty notices are an alternative to court action, but require the same level of evidence – although prosecution is not the only tool available.
Flytips involving smaller household waste items are often followed up by council officers who explain the environmental impact and cost of dumbing rubbish, or they set a deadline for the removal of waste before enforcement action.