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Tip wars: residents banned from using nearest tip

A huge increase in the amount of fly-tipping is being predicted because agreements between councils on where we can dump our rubbish are being scrapped.

It has come about because cash-strapped local authorities are no longer making a contribution to neighbouring councils to maintain waste disposal sites.

It means, for example, that people living in the West Berkshire council area can no longer use the tips in Reading, like Smallmead, which is nearer to their homes. Instead some will have to make round trips of 30 miles or more to Newbury or Padworth. This from Cary Johnston.

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Bank worker in court over fly-tipping

A bank worker has appeared in court for his part in one of the worst cases of fly-tipping ever seen. A massive dump, more than half a mile long, at Purfleet in Essex cost well over a hundred thousand pounds to clear up. But Adam Coles didn't dump the rubbish. All he did was hire someone to take it away. Some of the waste found at the site belonged to Mr Coles. But as Tom Savvides reports, the law states it's the job of the householder to make sure the refuse is disposed of properly.


Fly-tipper brought to justice

A fly-tipper who cost Rother taxpayers hundreds of pounds has been brought to justice.

Luke Lelliot, of Chilean Green, Ninfield, was charged with three counts of fly-tipping and sentenced on April 1 after pleading guilty to the offences.

The 30-year-old was caught after an investigation into piles of rubbish dumped in Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, and at Upper Wilting Farm in St Leonards-On-Sea in April 2014.

Investigating officers from Rother District Council were able to find evidence within the fly-tipped rubbish that led to the arrest of Lelliot.

Appearing at Hastings Magistrates Court, he was given a 20 week custodial sentence suspended for a year and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

Fines imposed by the court included £1,186.66 costs awarded to the council and a victim surcharge of £80.

Piles of rubbish were dumped in Poppinghole Lane Robertsbridge and at Upper Wilting Farm in St Leonards-On-Sea Credit: Rother District Council

"We are delighted with the sentence handed down. There is never an excuse for fly-tipping and we will do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice. Fly-tipping is not only a blight on the local environment; it also puts additional pressure on the council's already stretched resources. These three incidents alone cost the taxpayer hundreds of pounds to clean up, which Lelliot will now have to pay. We hope that this case sends a clear message to anyone else considering illegally dumping their rubbish in Rother."

– Alex Balshaw, planning and environmental enforcement officer for the district council

A mile of rubbish blights countryside

Cory's Wharf has become a dumping ground Credit: Your Thurrock
The rubbish has accumulated over several months Credit: Your Thurrock

It's a sea of rubbish as far as you can see.

For months, land at Cory's Wharf in Purfleet, Thurrock, has been used to dump sofas, mattresses, building materials and household waste.

It's dumping on an industrial scale.

Video filmed by shows the full extent of the blight on the landscape.

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"Thurrock Council is aware of the situation on land it owns in Purfleet and is working with partners in the police and the Environment Agency to tackle this issue, bring the perpetrators to book and recoup the clean-up costs – estimated to be in the thousands.

"The council will be investigating the site for toxic or otherwise dangerous material before any final decision on its removal is taken.

– Spokesperson for Thurrock Council