Why can’t they take rubbish to the tip?

A sofa is among the rubbish fly-tipped under the bypass bridge next to Welland River west bank at Cradge Bank.
A sofa is among the rubbish fly-tipped under the bypass bridge next to Welland River west bank at Cradge Bank.
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Angry residents are on the warpath against fly-tippers who are turning town and countryside into a rubbish dump.

A sofa and chairs are among the latest items found beside Spalding’s Cradge Bank, under a bypass bridge next to the Welland’s west bank.

The fridge that was dumped in St Thomas's Road, Spalding.

The fridge that was dumped in St Thomas's Road, Spalding.

Jim Thackray, who lives nearby, took this picture (above) and told us: “It’s always like that down here. It’s disgusting.

“I live down the dead end of South Drove and I pick up two black bags of other people’s rubbish every week.”

He said the area has three or four cars visiting every night and then the rubbish appears.

Mr Thackray said: “You only have to go down Cradge Bank and under that bypass bridge and that’s where all this rubbish is dumped.”

As well as furniture, he’s found “three flat screen TVs thrown down there” and piles of tyres.

He says he regularly sees private vehicles reversing up to the bridge – and claims some business vehicles do the same.

“Every week there’s something new,” he said. “If I ruled the world for a day, it would be stopped because I would lock them up.”

He’s reported the latest mound of rubbish to South Holland District Council and to the internal drainage board.

Mr Thackray (51) said: “When I used to come to Spalding as a boy with my grandparents, you actually thought Spalding was a fairly impressive place – a fairly smart place to live.

“Unfortunately, in the last ten years, it’s deteriorated rapidly.”

St Thomas’s Road resident Alan Long sent us a picture of a fridge that he says was dragged along his street at around 5am on Thursday and dumped beside a litter bin outside the Plumb Centre.

He said: “The miscreants couldn’t be bothered to ring South Holland District Council (SHDC) and pay for it to be removed.

“Instead it’s somebody else’s problem, namely SHDC’s, now.

“What is this market town becoming?”

Mr Long said it was just getting daylight when he heard “a kind of squeaking, rattling sound”.

He saw the fridge later in the day and realised that’s what he’d heard being dragged along the street past his home.

Commenting on the Cradge Bank incident, a spokesman for South Holland District Councils said: “Our waste team are aware of the dumped items, after they were reported to us by the drainage board.

“The incidents have been referred to the ‘Flyswat’ team who will aim to clear the items as soon as possible.

“The number of reported fly-tipping incidents in South Holland has not increased in recent weeks, but we remain determined to deal with incidents as quickly as possible.

“We would urge everyone to report incidents of fly-tipping in South Holland by contacting us on 01775 761161 or visiting www.shollland.gov.uk.”