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A dog walker who has twice reported serious fly tipping on a Fenland country lane to the district council is questioning why it has not been cleared.

Francis Tindale said he had contact the council on two separate occasions to report the mess that is currently lying in two lay-bys/passing points along the Twenty Foot River towards Coldham Bank.

But he said so far the council has failed to act.

This fly tipping has been reported to Fenland District Council twice by dog walker Francis Tindale who took the photos. (53626847)
This fly tipping has been reported to Fenland District Council twice by dog walker Francis Tindale who took the photos. (53626847)

He said: "I am disappointed that Fenland District Council has twice failed to respond to a request to clear these two fly tips - they are an eyesore and need clearing. I'm not sure why the council hasn't come out as their rapid response team are usually quite good and clearing fly tipping when its reported."

A spokesperson for Fenland District Council said: “We take instances of fly-tipping seriously and will take action against anyone found to be dumping rubbish on public or private land, which includes issuing fixed penalty fines and prosecuting those responsible.

“We will also clear rubbish from public land but, in line with national law, generally waste dumped on private land becomes the responsibility of the landowner or occupier to clear.

This fly tipping has been reported to Fenland District Council twice by dog walker Francis Tindale who took the photos. (53626844)
This fly tipping has been reported to Fenland District Council twice by dog walker Francis Tindale who took the photos. (53626844)

"In this instance, we have attended the scene to look for evidence that could lead to action being taken. We have also been trying to ascertain the ownership of the land which has led to a delay in the rubbish being cleared.

"We are confident the ownership issue will be resolved shortly and the waste removed as soon as possible.”

Last month Cambridgeshire's Police and crime Commissioner Darryl Preston announced fly tipping was a crime he takes seriously and promised to get tough on culprits.

He had also had discussions on how best to tackle fly tipping in a meeting with Bryony Rothwell, partnership manager for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership (RECAP) and Hannah Padfield, Cambridgeshire county advisor for National Farmers Union (NFU).

One of Darryl’s first visits as commissioner was to meet with NFU members in Leverington to discuss the blight of fly tipping on rural communities.

In 2020 there were more than 11,000 reported incidents of illegally dumped rubbish in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. On average that is 31 incidents every day.

Darryl said: "I am exploring ways that agencies can all work together to tackle these issues on the ground.”

Fly tipping sites can be reported through your district council website. If an individual witnesses fly tipping actively occurring, it is a crime in action and they should dial 999.



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