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Press Release: 29th March 2011

Fly-spotters reach final 3 months of pilot scheme


fly tipping in the countryside Fly-tipping. Picture credit: NFU.

An important volunteer project that aims to find out the true scale of fly-tipping on private farmland and woodland, as well as on public land, in 12 parishes1 in East Hampshire moved into its final phase this quarter.

The ground-breaking project is the first of its kind in the South-East. Established in May 2010 by a team from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Hampshire, the NFU, CLA, East Hampshire District Council and the Environment Agency, a report on its findings will be published in the summer.

The project team hope to gather figures which will give evidence to lobby government for more support for farmers and private land-owners- who pay thousands of pounds each year to clear fly-tips.

So far, results received from the trial, which uses a post-card report and an online reporting system, seem lower than expected. The project members wish to encourage everyone in the pilot area to report through this system, so that they can gain a true record of current rates.

Tim Brock, CLA Assistant South East Regional Director, said:

"Without adequate documented evidence, it is harder for us to lobby the authorities to take action. This action could be both prosecutions and addressing the root causes of the problem. It is up to all our members to report incidences whether on public or private land in order that this blight in our countryside be actively addressed."

William White, NFU South-east regional director added:

"This is a problem that blights the lives of almost every CLA and NFU member. Both organisations were instrumental in the establishment of The National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG) with the aim of coming up with solutions to the problem of fly-tipping. We are in the final throes of the project and hope that one last push for reports will give us enough evidence to push national policy makers to act."

Becky French of CPRE Hampshire has written to her group of 70 'fly-spotters' who volunteered to help with the project, saying:

"We only have 3 months left of our pilot and we'd like to encourage everyone to report through our system. As you are out and about please remember to report any fly-tips, however small."

For further details call Becky on 01962 779185 or visit www.easthants.gov.uk/stopthedrop.

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CPRE/H/210


Notes to editors

1. The pilot parishes in East Hampshire are: Buriton, Chawton, Colemore and Priors Dean, East Meon, East Tisted, Farringdon, Froxfield and Privett, Newton Valence, Ropley, Rowlands Castle, Selborne, Steep.

2. A detailed media backgrounder is also available on this new project - download PDF file here.

For all media enquiries, please contact:
Keren Burney, media & communications officer, CPRE Hampshire
Tel: 01730 894123   Mobile: 07876 780065
Email: kburney@compege.co.uk

For information on CPRE, please contact:
Anthony McEwen, Director, CPRE Hampshire
Tel: 01962 779185   Mobile: 07717 296025
Email:anthony.mcewen@cprehampshire.org.uk


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