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Uttlesford District Council has put extra resources into its Street Services Team as part of a package of measures to tackle littering and fly-tipping.

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The additional financial investment will fund two new members of staff and a new van, to make up a rapid response team to clear fly-tips and litter hotspots. This new team will enhance the work of the Street Services Team, which includes emptying 800 litter and dog bins each week, litter picking at hotspots across the district, and regularly street sweeping 1,800km of the district's roads.

Alongside the rigorous cleaning schedule, the council will also shortly be reviewing its enforcement action to tackle litter louts and fly-tippers, and a recommendation to increase the maximum on-the-spot fines for offenders is due to be put before the Cabinet in the early summer.

Meanwhile, the council also continues to work with residents, community groups and other organisations in helping to keep the local environment clean and tidy. This includes supporting regular litter pick events. About 50 litter picks took place in parishes across Uttlesford last year, and the council helped by collecting and disposing of the approximately 1,500 bags of rubbish.

Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: "We are privileged to live in such a nice area of the country, but littering and fly-tipping is a persistent problem and something the council takes very seriously. It is unsightly, spoils our countryside and is bad for wildlife and the environment - it is also a waste of taxpayers' money to clean it up when these funds could be better spent in communities.

"We want to work with local residents and businesses to keep our streets clean and the extra resources we are putting into expanding our litter team will help us achieve that goal.

"But we cannot do this on our own - everyone can help keep the district clean by reporting issues to the council, such as dog fouling, fly-tipping or a litter hotspot. We will take action against offenders where it is possible to do so."

To report an incident of littering, please complete an online form at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/litter. Remember to include as much detail as possible, including the time and date of the incident and, if the litter is thrown from a vehicle, the registration plate and make and model of the vehicle.

If you are thinking of setting up your own litter pick event, or for more information or advice, please email wasteaware@uttlesford.gov.uk.

24 April 2018