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Mapped: The five worst fly-tipping hotspots identified by Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City Council has identified a series of fly-tipping hotspots after witnessing the number of incidents dramatically rise since the beginning of the pandemic.

Over the period from January to July this year, council clean-up teams have dealt with hundreds of fly-tip incidents, with a junction in Fen Ditton worst hit, closely followed by streets in Arbury and King’s Hedges.

Now the council is urging residents to report all incidences of fly-tipping, which it promises to investigate, and warns that culprits could receive a £50,000 fine or 12 months in prison.

A city council spokesperson said: “Cambridge has seen an increase in fly-tipping and litter since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

“Whilst the majority of residents and businesses are disposing of their waste responsibly, some continue to act irresponsibly and blight the city with fly tipping and litter.

“If you spot a fly-tip in Cambridge, don’t assume the council knows about it. Fly-tips can be reported to the council online and by phone. The council investigates all fly-tipping reports and enforcement officers are out and about investigating, and will not hesitate to employ the wide range of resources available to them to bring offenders to justice.

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, which is punishable with fines of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a magistrates’ court.

“The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to five years’ imprisonment if convicted in Crown court.”

The top five worst fly tipping hotspots in Cambridge are:

  • Fison Road / Thorpe Way in Fen Ditton – 68 incidents
  • Woburn Close in Arbury – 66 incidents
  • Minerva Way, King’s Hedges – 55 incidents
  • Kingsway area – 51 incidents
  • Crathern Way area – 46 incidents.

The council is warning residents that they are responsible for the correct disposal of their own waste. If it has been found to be flytipped, even by someone else, the resident will still be liable.

Report incidents to the city council at cambridge.gov.uk/report-flytipping. You can check with the Environment Agency (03708 506 506) that a company taking your waste away is licensed.

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