FARMING MATTERS: New legislation with tackle anti social fly tipping litter louts
I enjoy walking, it's my primary form of exercise, but at this time of year,when nothing is growing, it can be quite demoralising.
Because it is easier to see the mounds of rubbish nestling in the ditches and road verges - drink cans, fast food containers, odd shoes, broken CD covers - clearly slung out from passing car windows.
Anti social behaviour comes in all shapes, but is mostly conducted by people who have not a care for the work, distress or damage they cause to others.
Fly tipping is large scale littering, when louts discard enormous items such as beds, sofas and worse. Government statistics released towards the end of last year showed that the number of fly tipping incidents reported between April 2014 and April 2015 reached almost one million.
Each year, fly tipping costs the UK an estimated £50 million, but these figures do not include unreported fly tipping on private land, and when that is included it is estimated to exceed £100 million a year. As a result, the government has confirmed that a new fixed penalty notice will be introduced for fly tipping. It will be the responsibilty of local authorities to enforce the fixed penalty notice and the NFU intends to work closely with them to ensure the new legislation is used consistently across the country.