St Albans district council investigates fly-tipping

PUBLISHED: 16:34 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:36 14 February 2017

Fly-tipping on Punch Bowl Lane. Photo supplied by St Albans district council.

Fly-tipping on Punch Bowl Lane. Photo supplied by St Albans district council.

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St Albans district council has launched an investigation into a spate of fly-tipping across the district.

Fly-tipping on Punch Bowl Lane. Photo supplied by St Albans district council.Fly-tipping on Punch Bowl Lane. Photo supplied by St Albans district council.

This follows the closure of both Pudding Bowl Lane in St Albans overnight and Gibraltar Lane in Harpenden over the weekend after they were blocked by heaps of rubbish.

Pudding Bowl Lane was shut by local agencies so building waste which had been strewn across the road could be removed, after Gibraltar Lane was blocked off by a wall of cardboard boxes and household waste.

Michael Lovelady, head of legal services for St Albans district council, said: “We examined both fly-tips for evidence of who the rubble belonged to and who may have dumped it. Unfortunately, there were no leads in this case.

“We also informed Hertfordshire County Council, which has responsibility for roads, about the need to clear up both sites.

“Fly-tipping is a very serious crime as it is an eyesore, a hazard and is costly to deal with. We look to prosecute the people responsible and anyone convicted of an offence can face a fine of up to £50,000 and 12 months’ imprisonment.”

You can report instances of fly-tipping at www.stalbans.gov.uk


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