As many of us prepare for Halloween and Bonfire night, Telford & Wrekin Council is urging people to keep a look out for potential fire risks in their area and be mindful when disposing of rubbish, to help reduce the risk of arson attacks.

Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom:

Since 2019, more than 11,000 fly-tipping incidents have been recorded at a cost to the tax payer in the region of £784,000 – that could translate to a one percent reduction in council tax. 

Deputy Leader for Telford & Wrekin Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement and Transport, Councillor Richard Overton said: “Please dispose properly of any waste to help reduce the number of deliberate fires in your local community. By thinking twice and working together we can make sure that public safety is a priority, ensuring Halloween and bonfire night remains a fun time for all.

“Our bulky waste collection scheme enables residents to book collections of household items they no longer need, such as mattresses, washing machines and armchairs and more than 9,000 collections have taken place in the 12 months.” 

Councillor Overton added: “We have always adopted the principle of education first and enforcement later. Any Fixed Penalty Notices or prosecutions are considered as a last resort to the persistent few. We are on your side working together to protect, care and invest to create a better borough.”

Residents play a key role in keeping the borough clean and tidy and residents are urged to report fly-tipping online via the MyTelford app. 

In addition, people can also call a dedicated hotline on 01952 388800 to provide information that could help to identify offenders and secure prosecutions through an initiative called Telford & Wrekin Watch.

Quoted from Telford and Wrekin Council’s online newsroom. Original article can be found here: Newsroom – Report fly-tips to help prevent deliberate fires during celebrations (telford.gov.uk)

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Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot