“Rural littering is down to councils charging residents more to use local dumps” says Countryside presenter

Well, it seems simple to us countryfolk: charge people too much to remove their waste and they will dump it somewhere that is free … But councils no longer work for their electors – they are big businesses that exist for profit and development. Fewer services for more money to spend on vanity projects and unsympathetic regeneration.

“… Official figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs showed councils across England reported 936,090 cases in 2015/16, up 4 per cent on the previous year.

Clearing up all the waste is said to cost councils £49.8million a year, and on-the-spot fines of up to £400 are said to have done little to ease the situation.

Craven, who has fronted Countryfile for more than 25 years, continued: ‘This scourge had been on the decline but now it’s peaking and in some quarters blame is being put on local councils.

‘Because they are strapped for cash, they are charging more to use local rubbish tips and even closing some of them, while at the same time cutting back on household waste collections. …”