Fly-tipping blight on community beauty spot in Stalybridge

Fly tipping is a blight on the local community

A STALYBRIDGE beauty spot was transformed into a dumping ground by fly-tippers after Christmas.
People using and living near Walkerwood Reservoir in Millbrook were left horrified when bags of household waste were left strewn around the area.
All kinds of household waste, including some paperwork relating to the address in Hyde from where it came, were discovered on January 7.
Walkerwood is popular with walkers wanting a bit of country air but this sight left people dismayed.
Sarah Abbott said: “Such a beautiful place as well. Why drive here with the crap when you can drive to the tip which is also in Stalybridge? Why chose here instead? Baffles me.”
Di Walsh added: “I am sick to death of seeing rubbish in and around Stalybridge, such a beautiful area being spoilt. Some people take no pride in their surroundings whatsoever.”
Janine Jukes described the action as: “Pure laziness.”
Tameside Council was notified of the issue and the mess has been cleared and the matter is being investigated.
Elsewhere, there was a further case of fly-tipping in Stalybridge that recently featured on social media.
It was under the railway arches in the town centre and was evidently dumped by somebody who had a new three-piece suite as an armchair and settee were left.
The authority has had a unit specifically investigating incidents of fly tipping since 2003 and it is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to fly tip any material.
Penalties were increased under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. Tippers can be fined up to £50,000 or given 12 months’ imprisonment if convicted
in a Magistrates’ Court.
The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to five years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.
Tameside Council guidelines warn: “The consequences of fly tipping can be far reaching. For example, in rural areas not only is it an eyesore and blight on an otherwise beautiful location, but it can pose a very real hazard to wildlife and farm animals.
“In more urban areas there is always a risk to health and safety of individuals and potentially a public health risk depending on the contents of the tipping.
“The actual costs of removal of the rubbish including officer’s time, labour, vehicle and tipping costs can be extremely expensive to both private land owners and Council Tax payers.
“When we receive a complaint of fly tipping an officer will respond as soon as possible in order to investigate and photograph the scene before it gets disturbed.
“If suitable evidence or witnesses can be obtained, we carry out further investigations and take appropriate action ranging from warning letters, the serving of legal notices, to prosecution for fly tipping.
“The council will try to remove fly tipped material as soon as possible, where it is on council land. If the material is on private land, it is the responsibility of the owner of the land to remove it.
“We will endeavour to assist land owners whenever possible by taking appropriate enforcement action against fly tippers.”

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