A recent incident of fly-tipping dealt with by Lichfield District Council
A recent incident of fly-tipping dealt with by Lichfield District Council

Incidents of fly-tipping have rocketed across Lichfield and Burntwood since the coronavirus lockdown began, council chiefs have revealed.

Lichfield District Council said cleaning teams had been tackling incidents of household, garden and commercial waste being dumped.

Cllr Angel Lax, cabinet member for legal and regulatory services, said April had seen the number of fly-tipping reports on roads and public spaces rise by a quarter.

Reports of waste being dumped on private land are up by 30%.

Tyres dumped during the coronavirus lockdown

“We know the vast majority of our residents are responsible with their waste, and will be just as disappointed as we are to hear of the increase in fly-tipping that we’re experiencing at the moment.

“It’s really important to keep the district tidy, and our teams have been working hard to retain a full waste and recycling collection service.

“Our crews have been overwhelmed by the positive response and support from residents and we know most people are doing their very best at this challenging time.”

Cllr Angela Lax, Lichfield District Council

The rise in fly-tipping has also coincided with the closure of household waste and recycling centres in Lichfield and Burntwood due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

But Cllr Lax said she was hopeful they would soon be open again.

A fly-tipping incident dealt with by Lichfield District Council’s cleaning teams

“I take encouragement that the Government has asked councils across the country to prepare to reopen household recycling centres, and I know that Staffordshire County Council is working on its plan for re-opening their centres with social distancing measures in place.

“Although I am aware that other areas have seen large queues at these facilities, I am sure reopening the centres will help to relieve much of the pressure on our service and we hope to see them back up and running soon. 

“In the meantime, we know many households have been having spring cleans and I’d like to thank you for holding onto any extra rubbish that can’t go in your bins until the recycling centres reopen.

“This is obviously outside of our control and thank you for your patience.

“There is also the option to pay for a waste company to take any rubbish away, checking first that they are correctly licensed as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency and always asking for a receipt.” 

Cllr Angela Lax, Lichfield District Council

Incidents of fly-tipping can be reported at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/report or by calling 01543 308999.


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41 replies on “Incidents of fly-tipping across Lichfield and Burntwood rocket during coronavirus lockdown”

  1. Angela Lax:

    “This is obviously outside of our control and thank you for your patience.

    Government guidance regarding tips:

    where possible key [waste] sites should be maintained” by councils, as long as social distancing rules can be followed.

    So you weren’t ordered to close them, you took that decision.

  2. Hi Darryl, Ms Lax is a Lichfield District Councillor. Staffordshire County Council operate the skips. Lichfield District Council clear up after flytippers. So Ms Lax didn’t close the tips, and I’d guess she is probably lobbying the County hard to reopen them.
    Mad situation, I know, but there we are.

  3. Here we go again. It’s even in the article. Staffordshire County Council is the organisation responsible for waste disposal.

    I know it’s fashionable to bash Lichfield District Council on here, but district councils are not responsible for the operation of the recycling centres.

    LDC does not run them.
    LDC did not close them.
    LDC cannot reopen them.

    How many times?

  4. Thanks Steve.

    Our bureaucracy really is a shining light in a world of inneficiency. I hope LDC can bill county for the 30% increase in fly-tipping!

  5. Don’t the County Council and District Council talk to each other?
    It was inevitable fly tipping was going to increase. So why didn’t the LDC debate the closure and insist it stays open. (As now they bare the brunt of the cost of fly tipping) Even on a reduced basis. It’s not rocket science !!

  6. Good point well made Roy. Looks like traffic gridlock is ahead of us around approach roads in the local area when the tip is re opened. Any forward planning / contingency plans for traffic management LDC?

  7. David, LDC won’t have any contingency planning in place.

    Mainly because highways aren’t their responsibility. Have a little think before ranting. I find it always helps.

  8. dekka- if LDC are planning an event which is highly likely to impact on the volume of traffic, congestion etc. – I think you’ll find it is their responsibility to inform Highways.

    It really does help to have a little think before ranting.

  9. Mandy, if you’re going to be clever you’ve got to be accurate. LDC aren’t planning any event as the tips are run by Staffordshire County Council along with highways, so quite why you think LDC would have any involvement in traffic caused by the tip (neither of which they’re responsible for) opening I’m not sure.

    Have a little think before giving it full on keyboard warrior.

  10. Rik Young-Juansays:
    10th May, 2020 at 12:24 pm
    It’s clear where the blame lies for this…Thatcher!

    Where are you coming from Thatcher was last in power 30 years ago. the Tories have not helped the situation but no way can a Tory government of 30 years back be blamed as 13 of those years we had a labour government.

  11. I expect there will be flags and bunting when it does open,Richard. Perhaps a local celebrity will do the honours.
    MF perhaps or Tony Christie. Any suggestions welcome.

  12. If anything displays the waste and inefficency of our system of local government it’s the comments on this thread. It’s not really surprising that many people aren’t sure about who does what. We’ve got a county council, a district council, here in Burntwood there’s a town council, other places have parish councils. Are they all really necessary to “run” a place the size of Burntwood, it’s hardly New York City is it?
    So as well as all the multiple levels of administration for the same area there’s also enough councillors to form a regiment. These are not unlike the usual suspects on the football manager’s merry-go-round, where the same people keep turning up in different posts, in different “divisions” with the same snoughts in the troughs and more than a single expenses payment going to an individual address.
    On top of that there’s the cost of the regular elections that have to be held, where their relevance and importance to those they claim to represent is reflected in the sparsity of the turnout.
    There must be a better way to organise local government and reduce the number of talking shops, little wonder all these councils are constantly “cash-strapped”.

  13. Dekka – you are, of course, completely wrong.

    LDC have various powers to close roads/divert traffic under The Town and Police Clauses Act 1847. I suggest you read it. The powers within the act are used regularly (road closures, diversions and traffic management for the Bower being one). Oh and for the record, when LDC does this, it’s done in conjunction with the Highways Agency!! You literally couldn’t have been more wrong!

    This stuff is easily found on the internet old boy so, you really should take time to educate yourself.


    Mandy (Well-read keyboard warrior).

  14. Lichfield (and all cities and towns) have their own power to close roads as they see fit, under The Town and Police Clauses Act. It’s not just confined to “events” either. It’s a power given to them to react quickly to traffic issues (such as RTCs, processions), as well as congestion which impacts on H&S. I imagine the reopening of a facility within the city under lockdown would fall under this.

    Hope that helps.


  15. ML

    I don’t think “Rik Young-Juan” was being serious!!

    It was a reference to a comedy series from the 80s.

  16. Barry this could be serious problem so you think some one refering to a “comedy from the 80’s has relevance. That is the current problem in any newspaper letters and other internet outlets. Too much not being serious about a serious problem.

  17. ML – Ehm…I was merely pointing out, I think you were reacting to a post that was meant to be lighthearted.

    Nothing more.

    Don’t shoot the messenger.

    What’s more – we all need a bit of lighthearted discourse here and there – it keeps us sane. It was a completely non offensive, lighthearted reference so I’m lost as to why you seem to have reacted so angrily.

    Lighten up! I bet you’re a real gas at parties mate…

  18. Oh and before you explode again….

    Rob’s comment “The People’s Poet” is another reference to the same show.

  19. Dekka,

    The reason why some people think LDC may have regard for the traffic caused by the re-opening is – there is legislation available for them to deal with it. LDC currently use it (as others have noted) , on a regular basis.

    Why do people post garbage without checking their facts???!!


  20. ML – I’m tired.
    Tired of the “What I reckon is…” spouting off about things they have little knowledge of and who immediately attack those who either have an opposing view to them or more knowledge than them and seek to clarify.
    Tired of people who have never held public office or shown any inclination to do so, but who constantly attack those who do get elected and claim to be able to do their job – in fact any job – than the current post holder.
    Tired of those who believe that if they shouted the loudest or made the most personally disparaging remarks, then they won the argument – and probably won the whole internet too.

    But, most of all, what I’m really tired about is…Thatcher!

    That is why I channeled the People’s Poet.
    I could have channeled Basil Fawlty and blamed “that bloody Wilson!”.
    I could have channeled Chris Morris and made a pithy set of remarks and rounded it off with: “Those are the headlines…happy now!?!”

    But I chose the late, great Rik.
    Because I’m tired.
    And I wish Rik was still with us to brighten the gloom.

  21. It’s one of the problems with local government.

    Many voters are confused what each part of it, is actually responsible for.

    The councils love to play on this. LDC blame Staffs. Staffs blame government. MP says LDC problem.

  22. @RIC Young-juan…. You make some broad assumptions of the motives for those seeking office. Not all (or probably none) are altruist. Many will follow party dictates. Some will have ulterior motives.
    If you think they are beyond criticism or that their decisions are unchallengable then perhaps your understanding of democracy needs revision.
    There is an eronious consideration that you should be able to offer a better option if you disagree with somthing. Things can be just intrinsically wrong without alternative.

  23. Rik Young-Juan you have no idea whether I have a public office or have had one so keep your snide remarks to your self. When you become adult stand for office and join the people you seem to despise and run the district or country as you would like it run

  24. Rik Young-Juan

    I find your comments hilarious! We need more of them!

    Quite why some people on here can’t seem to see passed the obvious humour and irony only seem to add to the brevity!!!

    Lichfield needs a new People’s Poet! “The kids” need it too.

  25. I’m still trying to work out why Mandy and Angela want Lichfield District Council to use their powers to close some roads down in response to Staffordshire County Council opening up the recycling centres…


  26. Rik Young-Juan

    I find your comments hilarious! We need more of them!

    Quite why some people on here can’t seem to see passed the obvious humour and irony only seem to add to the brevity!!!

    Lichfield needs a new People’s Poet! “The kids” need it too.

    Presumably this is why Lichfield has a joke for an MP

  27. Philip Also – At least thanks to this news blog our speech is still free, unlike the country under this Thatcherite Junta!

  28. Rik Thatcher was in charge 39 years ago it is Boris and Cummins’s now please get it right or go away

  29. Mike – I suppose you think it’s pretty weird, don’t you Mike? Well, you’d be right. ‘Cause THAT’S the kind of guy I am, right? WEIRD. Which is why I go over people’s heads. A bit like an aeroplane! You think I’m an aeroplane, don’t you, Mike? Well, I’m not.

  30. Rick Young-Juan. I personally don’t find you ‘weird’ at all. But perhaps an extreme example of why it is impossible to produce legislation that has the understanding of everyone.

  31. Mike: No, I’m the full £1 coin.

    Mind you, we’re all pretty potty in this house. Last night, right, we were all watching the television and it was a program we wanted to watch, you know, and, uh, we were just watching it and right in the middle of it, I got up and turned it off! Mad! I don’t care what I do, you know. Unless it’s work or anything like that, you know. Last Wednesday we stayed up ’til one o’clock in the morning!

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