Sutton Bridge farmer fumes over risk to health from rotting pig carcasses
A Sutton Bridge farmer is fuming over a potential health hazard from animal carcasses rotting in a roadside ditch for six weeks.
We published pictures of a pig's head and pig hide on March 7 that were fly-tipped into the ditch beside Fields Farm North, yards from the A17.
Also dumped were black bags containing animal parts.
It's believed the farm animals were stolen before being brutally butchered.
Farmer Michael Booth, a district and parish councillor, reported the illegal dump to South Holland District Council.
He says the tip should have been cleared under environmental health regulations, if not under council duties to remove waste, but says the authority refused to take responsibility and kept saying the tip was on private land.
But Coun Booth believes a previous illlegal tip on the site - also containing animal waste - was cleared by the council in partnership with the internal drainage board.
He says the ditch belongs to the internal drainage board but they wouldn't have the facilities to dispose of the waste, which needed taking to an incinerator.
Coun Booth and his farmer son Simon reported the tip to the district council on March 4.
Last week Coun Booth said: "Here we are, six weeks later, and it's still there.
"If that had been on my field, in a field of pigs, I would probably have been locked up by now. Not only is it a health hazard to human beings it's also a health hazard to other animals."
As the black bags of waste became weathered and torn, a second pig's head became visible.
On Friday Coun Booth said the animal waste had been removed, and he wondered if was linked to him speaking to the district council Pride team on Wednesday.
The council hasn't revealed whether it did the work.
A council spokesman said: “We treat all cases of fly-tipping seriously, as shown by the recent convictions and fines given to two individuals in the district.
"Whilst the contents and location of this particular tip means that Trading Standards and the Environment Agency are required to lead on its clearance, we will continue to work with these partners where appropriate to ensure the safety of our residents and to identify the culprits.”
* Several days ago Coun Booth said he was pleased after the district council revealed that fly-tippers it had taken to court had been ordered to pay thousands in court costs.