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Spalding area couple call for cameras to tackle flytipping issue

A couple who have become fed up with clearing the mess left by flytippers each week are calling for cameras to be installed as a deterrent.

Rita (75) and David Cowdell (71) are doing their best to keep the area around Wykeham as clear as possible but are calling for greater enforcement.

The couple have found a 50in television, waste from house clearances along with piles of grass cuttings dumped in the grass verges and the dykes around Wykeham.

Rubbish dumped in Wykeham (38068790)
Rubbish dumped in Wykeham (38068790)

Now they would like to see a camera taking down car registrations installed to combat the problem.

Mrs Cowdell, who lives in the Wykeham area, said: “I would like a camera installed down there as a chance to help stamp it out.

“This is a nice area and people come down to walk their dogs but the flytipping is making it look like a rubbish tip.

“It is sad in this day and age that people want to treat the countryside like this.”

Mrs Cowdell says that the flytipping in Wykeham has been a problem for five years but things have got worse during lockdown.

She says that tipping starts in Marsh Road before moving down The Chase and even over the other side of the bypass.

Mrs Cowdell said: “My husband has fetched rubbish out of the dykes where he can. A lot of these people will have families – what kind of a world are they leaving their children?”

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for place, said fly-tipping is a scourge on our beautiful countryside.

He said: “I would like to sincerely thank the Cowdells for their work, and everyone who helps by reporting and clearing fly-tips and other rubbish across the district. Quick reporting helps us get these areas cleared as quickly as possible. It also increases our ability to identify sources and maybe even the culprits amongst the waste in order to find and prosecute those responsible.

“A number of fly-tips have been reported in Wykeham and the team have erected signage at the hotspots that we are aware of.

“Flytipping can be reported, along with other issues, by visiting www. sholland.gov.uk/reportit.”

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