Deputy is outraged Planning ‘powerless’ to stop fly-tipping
Thursday 20th December 2012, 1:00PM GMT.
ENVIRONMENT is powerless to stop fly-tipping outside a St Martin’s home because the rubbish ‘does not amount to development’, it has confirmed.
Board member Barry Paint received a complaint about litter being dumped next to a shed near the property, in Rue des Huriaux.
He investigated what action could be taken to remove it but was told by planners that no enforcement could be taken under planning laws.
‘Fly-tipping is a problem in the island and particularly since the costs of dumping things have gone up – people would just rather dump things anywhere rather than have to pay money,’ Deputy Paint said.
‘I am very disappointed that Environment can’t do anything, but that is the law.’