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Fly tipping totally blocks country lane

A Bristol man has been handed a six month community order, including a two month curfew, after he admitted fly tipping waste which completely blocked a rural lane in South Gloucestershire.

Wayne Musgrove, 44, of Crow Lane, Henbury, Bristol, appeared before Bristol Crown Court on Thursday 10 March. He pleaded guilty to fly tipping waste, and was given a six month community order with a two month curfew. Musgrove was also ordered to pay £150 court costs.

The court heard that in November last year Musgrove approached the owner of a partly filled tipper truck and asked to borrow the vehicle. He claimed that he was given permission to borrow the truck, on the condition that he deposited the waste at Avonmouth Household Waste Recycling Centre. However, the waste was dumped at night and blocked the entire width of Hollywood Lane in Easter Compton.

“Fly-tipping is a criminal activity and we take a zero tolerance approach to this illegal behaviour. If you fly tip rubbish in South Gloucestershire, you should expect to be caught and prosecuted.

“This particular fly tip blocked the highway for cyclists and motorists with potentially dangerous consequences and was referred from Magistrates’ Court to Crown Court for sentencing due to the seriousness of the offence.

Residents are advised to only give their rubbish to an Environment Agency registered waste carrier or they could be held liable if waste is subsequently fly tipped.”

– Cllr Heather Goddard - Chair, S Gloucs Council’s Communities Committee
Fly tipping at Easter Compton, S Gloucestershire Credit: Environment Agency

Call for ban on chemical weed killer

More than 650,000 people have called for a ban on spraying chemical weed killer in Bristol's parks. and other public spaces.

Credit: ITV West Country

It's after the World Health Organisation found an ingredient called glyphosate, which is common in most weed killers, could be a cause of cancer.

Since then many countries have restricted the use - as has Glastonbury Council.

Harriet Williams, Co-ordinator at Pesticide-safe Bristol Alliance says the risk it poses to human health is only one of many dangerous effects.

Bristol Councillors will meet to debate its use on 15 March.

£8,800 fine for illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire

A man has been fined £8,800 for operating two illegal waste sites in Gloucestershire.

Sam Phelps, who ran ‘XP Wood Recycling’, pleaded guilty to two charges of deliberately operating illegal waste sites, which were a risk to the environment and a nuisance to the local community. Mr. Phelps was fined £400 for each offence and ordered to pay costs of £8,000 at Cheltenham Magistrates court yesterday (7 March 2016).

While on a site visit, an Environment Agency officer found a pile of shredded waste wood estimated to be at least four times the authorised amount. The nearby Severn Estuary, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, was at risk of pollution from the water run-off from this site.

“Waste crime is a serious offence with tough penalties as it can damage the environment, blight local communities and undermine those who operate legally. This case sends out a clear message that we will not hesitate to prosecute individuals when they do not abide by the law.”

– Environment Agency
An illegal waste site at Pilning, estimated to be 2500-3000 tonnes Credit: Environment Agency
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