Fly-tipping in Deeping St Nicholas shows a 'complete disregard for others and the environment', culprits are told
Fly-tippers who dumped rubbish on a road in Deeping St Nicholas have been branded as "absolutely disgusting".
A pile of black bin bags and industrial sacks were found in New Road, which links the village and Crowland, on Sunday morning.
Environmental workers from South Holland District Council's Pride team collected the rubbish, at taxpayers' expense, on Tuesday.
The rubbish was found by Coun Nigel Pepper, district and county councillor for Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas, who said: "It was brought to my attention early on Sunday morning which was when I inspected and reported it to the district council's environmental services team.
"I would personally like to thank them for their prompt action in having to deal with such an unpleasant matter.
"Fly-tipping is a blight on our environment, a source of pollution, a danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife.
"There is no excuse for it and, in this particular location, by depositing it on the road this fly-tipping could have caused an accident and injury.
"I believe that some members of the Crowland or Deeping St Nicholas communities may be aware of where this refuse came from and I would urge them to co-operate with the authorities in order to bring those responsible to justice."
The latest incident came just over two months after research showed that out of more than 650 fly-tipping investigations across South Holland in 2017-18, just eight resulted in fines imposed by the courts.
Deeping St Nicholas farmer Chris Carter, NFU Holland (Lincs) branch chairman, said: "I think it's appalling and the sooner the scourge of fly-tipping is sorted out, the better we'll all be.
"This is idleness because if you can load fly-tipping onto a trailer, you can take it to a tip.
"In the past, Internal Drainage Boards have identified the culprits by going through the rubbish to find invoices or receipts which can then be used to find those responsible who should then be prosecuted."
The research on fly-tipping, carried out by the Local Government Association which represents about 400 borough, county, district, parish and town councils in England alone, also found that fly-tipping incidents nationally had risen by nearly 40 per cent between 2012 and 2018.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council's portfolio holder for environmental services, said: "Fly-tipping is a crime which we will not tolerate as it shows a complete disregard for others and the environment, especially in cases like this when it blights the countryside we value so highly and poses a potential danger to drivers.
"We investigate all reports of fly-tipping and our enforcement officers work hard to tackle this important issue and bring those we identify to justice.
"This specific tip has now been cleared by our environmental services team and we would like to thank the members of the public who took the time to notify us of the incident.
"The public’s help in fighting this blight is invaluable and they can do so by visiting our website, https://www.sholland.gov.uk/reportit"