Call for increased action to tackle scourge of fly-tipping across St Albans district
PUBLISHED: 16:55 15 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:05 15 January 2016
Concerns about fly tipping across the district continue to rise with two more incidents angering residents.
Heaps of rubbish, including a sofa, bikes and a mattress, were dumped in Lye Lane, Bricket Wood, last Wednesday, January 6, and another load of waste was left in Porters Wood, St Albans on Sunday, January 3.
The latest episodes follow a string of incidents last year with a St Albans district council scrutiny committee proposing future implementation of on- the-spot fines to combat fly tippers.
But David Sproule, who works for security company Ogier Electronics Ltd, has criticised the district council for their lack of action against the people responsible for fly tipping outside their base in Porters Wood, St Albans.
The company’s CCTV recorded a group of people arriving at the site in the early hours of Sunday (3) and dumping a considerable pile of rubbish.
David said that despite contacting the police and district council with the footage, no action has been taken against the culprits.
He said: “It’s sad that we, as local residents, pay our council tax so that the area is kept looking respectable and yet the council seem to have no interest in bringing fly tippers to account even when presented with video evidence.”
By contrast, the incident on Lye Lane in Bricket Wood was reported by resident Nicola Kalozois, 39, who praised the council for its quick action.
She said: “There’s always fly tipping down there but this is the worst that there has ever been. It was spread quite a bit up and down the lane.
“We’re a mile away from the Garston dump so I don’t understand why people are dumping.”
Nicola, a fitness and wellness transformation coach, was with a client when she spotted the dumped items. She added: “It’s disgusting and I was absolutely horrified. I had a high profile client with me as well so that doesn’t look good for me either.
“I can’t complain about the council though, as they came and cleared it up pretty quickly,”
District council head of community services Richard Shwe said: “We know fly-tips are unsightly and a source of great concern to residents.
“We always aim to respond quickly to complaints and are pleased that our efforts to deal with the Bricket Wood incident have been appreciated.
“Our enforcement team have launched an investigation into the Porters Wood fly-tip and have been in contact with the company that brought it to our attention.
“The CCTV footage is being examined to see if it is of sufficient quality to identify offenders and car registration plates.
“The council is looking at a range of measures to combat fly-tipping as it is a growing problem nationwide.
“We work closely with the police and have held a number of enforcement days when we target suspect vehicles. There are likely to be more of these.
“Fly-tippers should be aware that they can fined up to £50,000 and jailed for up to five years. We will not hesitate to prosecute offenders.”