Concerns over fly-tipping

Sheets of asbestos dumped near Cranwell, highlighted by Coun Steve Clegg. EMN-160810-172451001
Sheets of asbestos dumped near Cranwell, highlighted by Coun Steve Clegg. EMN-160810-172451001

A North Kesteven District Councillor is calling for vigilance to stop fly-tippers ruining countryside.

Coun Steve Clegg is the ward member for Ashby de la Launde and Cranwell and said local residents are getting increasingly concerned.

He said: “I was first prompted to investigate the issue when I noticed regular posts on social media showing incidents of this antisocial, selfish, and potentially dangerous behaviour. I visited locations mentioned, and would also check other areas, often spotting new incidents.

“I have seen hazardous waste tipped in watercourses, strewn across roadways, or abandoned in farmers’ fields with crops growing around it.”

Most recently he found several sheets of asbestos scattered on an A17 lay-by.

Coun Clegg believed it was partly down to some thinking it is perfectly okay to discard rubbish wherever they want, leaving it up to others to sort out the resulting problem. He said: “Hefty fines for offenders, and vigilance by those in our community who value our environment will to some extent make it harder for fly-tippers to ditch their rubbish where they choose.”

North Kesteven is the leading authority in the county for prosecuting fly-tippers . Call 01529 414155 or visit www.n-kesteven.gov.uk to report incidents.

Coun Clegg also pointed to the recent closure of two local waste recycling centres, with restricted opening hours at Sleaford, plus the cost of safely disposing of dangerous waste.