Shadow Justice Secretary Steve Reed visited Swindon and promised his party would tackle flytipping.
There were 2289 incidents in Swindon in total in 2021/2022.
Mr Reed was joined by Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for South Swindon, Heidi Alexander, and Labour Councillor Adorabelle Amaral Shaikh on a walkabout in Central Swindon, and shown the extent of the problem.
The Shadow Justice Secretary said: “The Conservatives have let neighbourhoods be buried under an avalanche of litter and dumped rubbish – leaving communities feeling broken and powerless down a spiral of decline.
“A Labour government will clean up Britain. We will introduce clean-up squads to ensure those who make the mess, clean up the mess.”
A Labour Government, he said, would establish 'clean up squads' in England and Wales for fly-tippers, rubbish dumpers and vandals, ensuring that those who made the mess cleaned up the mess. Offenders would be given Fixed Penalty Cleaning Notices managed by the councils.
According to new analysis of Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ figures, the number of fly-tipping incidents has skyrocketed across England by a third over the last 13 years from 819,571 in 2010 to 1,091,019 in 2022.
Cllr Shaikh said: “Flytipping is one of the most common issues that residents in Central Swindon talk to me about. I’ve lost count of the number of reports I’ve had to make to the borough council in recent years.
"The sad truth is the Conservative council and Conservative Government have failed to get a grip of the problem in Swindon.
"I’m pleased Steve Reed came to Swindon to see the extent of the problem we have here. We desperately need a Labour Government to give the council new powers to deal with this scourge.”
The party has also pledged to tackle antisocial behaviour, and listed a series of planned measures:
- Introducing a Neighbourhood Policing Guarantee with 13,000 additional neighbourhood police and PCSOs, increased town centre patrols and a guaranteed named officer and PCSO for every community.
- Introduce new Respect Orders, a new strategy to target persistent adult repeat offenders who are ruining lives with antisocial behaviour.
- Tough action against town centre drug dealing with tough powers for police to shut down crack houses and local neighbourhood drug teams to patrol town centres lead data-driven hotspot policing targeted at common drug dealing sites.
- Introduce clean up squads for fly-tippers, with tough penalties for offenders.
- Expand the use of parental sanctions. For parents whose children repeatedly engage in anti-social behaviour, the party will extend the use of Parenting Orders forcing parents to attend parental classes. Delivered through the courts, and overseen by Community Payback Boards and Local Authorities, the measure, according to Labour, will be forced to take responsibility for the actions of their children and to get the support they need to curb their child’s antisocial behaviour.
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