Fly-tippers cost us £40,000 every year

Coun Rodney Grocock with the dumped carpeting and garden waste on The Delph. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG080812-111NG
Coun Rodney Grocock with the dumped carpeting and garden waste on The Delph. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG080812-111NG
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FLY-tippers stalking South Holland’s lonely country roads are costing council tax payers around £40,000 a year.

Moulton, Weston and Cowbit Ward is the district’s fly-tipping capital with mountains of rubbish dumped on verges every week.

Ward member Anthony Casson said the council collected a huge pile of builder’s waste from Fengate Drove, Weston Hills, on Monday.

Coun Casson said: “I get sick and tired of reporting fly-tipping. I don’t know why Weston and Weston Hills get targeted so much. There’s hardly a week goes by when I am not reporting fly-tipping – sometimes two or three times in a week.

“About 18 months ago we had a huge number of tyres, probably about 100, dumped all the way down Delgate Bank – there was obviously somebody standing in a vehicle throwing them out while somebody was driving – and they stretched for a mile-and-a-half.”

Fellow ward member Rodney Grocock has his business at a farm on The Delph and often sees rubbish dumped in make-shift lay-bys as he drives to work through Pode Hole.

He reported a three-seater green settee had been dumped – council workmen picked it up on Tuesday morning but by teatime a load of carpets and garden waste had taken its place. Coun Grocock said: “This fly-tipping has got far more serious.”

He doesn’t blame legitimate businesses and says the problem is caused by “morons” who do house clearances and dump the lot in the countryside because they don’t want to pay a charge at the tip. The cost of clearing up fly-tipping is lumped in with the council’s overall street cleaning budget but an “indicative” figure for 2009/10 suggested it was around £36,788.

Coun Casson said fly-tipping became temporarily worse when hours were reduced at the county council run recycling centre in West Marsh Road, Spalding.

District council portfolio holder Roger Gambba-Jones, who has responsibility for waste management, said prisoners from North Sea Camp will soon be clearing rubbish from the district when Boston’s Operation Fly Swat is extended here.

Since November 2011, prisoners have cleared more than 160,000 tonnes of rubbish from the Boston area in partnership with the borough council and others.

Coun Gambba-Jones said Fly Swat’s work is similar to Community Payback and will help stretch the council budget so more jobs can be done.