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Minutes

Licensing & Enforcement

Sub Committee

‣ 20 April 2016

Council

‣ 20 April 2016

Housing Review

Board vacancy

EDDC’s tenants and

leaseholders are being given

the opportunity to stand for

election to the Housing

Review Board, the committee

that oversees the Council’s

landlord functions:

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‣ City uses vinegar to kill weeds

Bristol City Council has started using vinegar as a weedkiller substitute. Residents have

complained it is smelly and less effective on the larger, more

established weeds. Gillian Douglas, Council Interim Service

Director for Clean and Green, said: “This trial of glyphosatefree

weed treatments is still in its early stages, having been

implemented in response to widespread public concern

about the use of glyphosate as a weedkiller. We are sorry to

hear some residents are concerned and we will monitor

feedback throughout the trial.”

‣ Fly-tipping epidemic

A feature piece looks at the rise of fly-tipping across Britain, with reported incidents

increasing by 27% over the past two years to 900,000 cases in 2014/15. It says the rising

trend may be due to councils imposing new restrictions on household refuse, including less

frequent collections, charges for the disposal of certain items and the closure of household

waste centres, although it acknowledges that the increase in cases could be due to greater

reporting of the issue. Councils are using covert CCTV to catch fly-tippers. Not only does flytipping

create an eyesore for residents, it is also a serious public health risk, creating

pollution and attracting rats and other vermin. There are a number of additional changes

that would help tackle littering and fly-tipping, including sharing more of the responsibility

with product producers. This includes manufacturers providing more take-back services so

people can hand in old furniture and mattresses when they buy new ones.”

EDDC news

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‣ Bluebell Celebrations at

Holyford Woods on 1 May

Photo: Peter Vernon

‣ East Devon

Conservation volunteers

set to mark their third year

of service

‣ £400 instant fines in war on fly-tippers

Fly-tippers will face on-the-spot fines of up to

£400 from next month. The new fixed penalty

notice for small-scale offences give councils

more power to crack down on illegal rubbish

dumpers. Until now their only option has been

to haul suspects through the courts often at

significant cost. The LGA has backed the

change from May 9. Councils had to deal with

900,000 incidents in 2014/15, up nearly

60,000 from the previous year. LGA

Environment spokesman Cllr Martin Tett said:

“At a time when councils face difficult choices about services in the light of reducing

budgets, they are having to spend a vast amount each year on tackling litter and fly-tipping.

This is money that would be better spent on vital front line services. The Government has

responded to our call for councils to be able to apply Fixed Penalty Notices for small scale

fly-tipping – and this is a big step in the right direction.”

‣ Charity chuggers fined £165,000 for breaking rules thousands of times

Charity fundraisers have been fined more than £165,000 in the past three years for

repeated breaches of their own rules. Fundraising firms and

charities were caught committing 3,300 offences while

seeking on-street donations. It is thought the scale of the

fines will further alarm critics of the fundraising sector, who

complain that “chuggers” – short for charity muggers –

harass the public. The figures were revealed by the Public

Fundraising Association, which negotiates with local councils

and fundraisers to regulate face-to-face fundraising.

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