75 tonnes of fly-tipping cost district £55,000 to clear up

Coun Rodney Grocock surveys fly-tipped garden waste on The Delph in August this year. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG080812-112NG
Coun Rodney Grocock surveys fly-tipped garden waste on The Delph in August this year. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG080812-112NG
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Almost one in every 100 people living in South Holland fly-tipped in the last year according to figures in a newly published study.

The AnyJunk Fly Tipping Report 2012 shows incidents of illegal rubbish dumping leapt 14 per cent to 752 compared to 2011.

South Holland District Council recently released figures saying there were 742 reported cases in 2011/2012 involving 74.9 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish and the clean-up cost was more than £55,800.

Early last month the district council called in prisoners from Boston’s North Sea Camp to help clear piles of illegally dumped rubbish in a campaign known as Operation Fly Swat.

Moulton, Weston and Cowbit ward was singled out in August this year as South Holland’s fly-tipping capital with mountains of rubbish tipped on verges every week.

Illegal tippers were targeting Fengate Drove, Weston Hills and Delgate Bank at Weston as well as The Delph at Pode Hole.

But all has gone quiet following a story in the Spalding Guardian on August 9.

Ward member Rodney Grocock said he and fellow ward member Anthony Casson were constantly on the phone to the council to get rubbish removed from the verges.

He said: “Anthony was getting three or four a week and I got two a fortnight, but we have had nothing since that article went in. We want to thank the people of South Holland for taking their rubbish to the tip and not leaving it on the roads.”

But fly-tipping remains a problem in Sutton Bridge and Coun Michael Booth told the parish council that a lot of it could be stamped out if residents were willing to report incidents.

nAnyJunk’s report revealed Boston Borough had an explosion of fly-tipping with incidents rising by 217 per cent to 985 while South Kesteven had a 64 per cent rise to 542.