Fly-tipped waste discovered near Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 13:33 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:33 02 August 2018

Rubbish found on Cooters End Lane. Picture: Geoff Carr

Rubbish found on Cooters End Lane. Picture: Geoff Carr


Another pile of discarded rubbish has been fly-tipped in a country lane.

The mound of waste was left on Cooters End Lane outside Harpenden and found by a concerned local on Monday, July 30.

It includes blanks of wood, a door, a sofa, a rug, and other pieces of scrap.

Cooters End Lane is just outside the St Albans district council (SADC) boundary and therefore it is Central Bedfordshire Council’s responsibility to pick up the rubbish.

A spokesperson from Central Bedfordshire Council said: “We arranged for one of our waste service officer to visit the site this afternoon to investigate it for evidence and they have organised for the waste to be cleared by Friday.”

Over 2016 to 17, tax payers in Herts had to fork out £1 million in clean-up and investigative costs for fly-tipping offences.

Earlier this year the Hertfordshire Fly-tipping Group (FTG) launched SCRAP, a new initiative to tackle fly-tipping across the county.

FTG is made up of Herts police, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union (NFU), charity Keep Britain Tidy, and councils in the area - including SADC and Herts county.

SCRAP is an acronym to remind people of their obligations when deposing of waste: Suspect all waste carriers, Check and verify their registration details, Refuse unsolicited offers, Ask for evidence, and get all the Paperwork.

Anyone who spots fly-tipping taking place in St Albans should contact police on 999. Anything discovered afterwards should be reported to SADC on 01727 809019 or on

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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