Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has been named and shamed as the worst borough in the Tees Valley for fly-tipping.
Official figures published last month show that 2,424 incidents of dumped rubbish were recorded in the borough in 2012/13, putting Redcar and Cleveland Council at the wrong end of the region’s fly-tipping league table. This is the worst in the Tees Valley, and sixth worst in the whole of the North-East.
The figures reveal a decline in the cleanliness of the borough, with an increase of nearly 500 incidents compared to the previous year.
The Labour Council closed Warrenby Household Waste Centre in April 2012, which has undoubtedly worsened the problem.
Liberal Democrat councillors say the Labour-run council needs to get a grip on fly-tipping and take control of the situation before the area hits the top of the table nationally.
Commenting, Liberal Democrats’ Environment spokesperson Councillor John Earl said:
“These figures confirm what many local residents already know – fly-tipping is a blight on our borough and a problem that is only getting worse.”
“The first job of a council should be getting the basics right on things like street cleaning.”
“The Council’s Labour bosses need to take this problem seriously otherwise soon Redcar and Cleveland Council will end up as the very worst borough in the country.”