A NEW team of officers has been created to fight fly-tipping in the Basildon borough.

Five specialised officers have been recruited by Basildon Council who have launched the joint scheme with National Enforcement Solutions.

Anyone caught flytipping can be issued with a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), and littering carries a £75 fine.

The partnership means Basildon Council’s team of Street Scene Education and Enforcement Officers now has five personnel who are focused on educating and enforcing environmental regulations across the borough.

David Harrison, chairman of Basildon Council's neighbourhoods and public spaces committee, said: "We’re launching enforcement action with National Enforcement Solutions and we intend to clean up Basildon, clean up Wickford and clean up Billericay.

"Littering is a disgrace. People who drop litter will be caught and there will be a penalty charge."

Eoin Henney, National Enforcement Solutions' team leader, said: "Flytipping, dog fouling and littering are a few of the offences that cost the council a lot of money to enforce.

"National Enforcement Solutions have teamed up with Basildon Council to give more resources to the council to combat these offences."

More than 80 per cent of the borough’s acts of flytipping are from illegally dumped household waste.

The council’s trial to boost enforcement activity within the borough with National Enforcement Solutions adds to last year’s "We’re Cleaning Up" campaign with communities, groups and schools who helped support recent success in reducing illegal flytipping.

The council had a total of 3,665 incidents of people illegally dumping rubbish for 2018/19, which was almost a thousand less incidents than the previous year.

Last month, council leader Gavin Callaghan witnessed a driver dump the rubbish into the communal bin area on Felmores Estate, in Bockingham Green.

In October last year, Michael Payne, 44, of Pitseaville Grove, was fined £200 for dumping four car wheels and building debris in an alleyway. Report flytipping at basildon.gov.uk