COUNTRYSIDE chiefs are warning of a possible flytipping frenzy across Derbyshire as the summer holidays get well underway.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) in the East Midlands has claimed that a surge in summer gardening and DIY leads to more people illegally dumping waste.
Sylvia Hull, from the CLA, said: “The majority of people get flytipped with garden waste and household rubbish – which should be sent to recycling centres – so they may end up with beds and prams on their property.”
The CLA warned that convicted flytippers could be jailed for up to five years or hit with a fine of at least £50,000. And the leading organisation stressed that if rubbish is dumped on a property then the homeowner is responsible for clearing it.
Mrs Hull explained: “If it’s not on a public highway and it’s on a private property then it’s up to you to get rid of it.
“If it’s in our countryside, it’s spoiling our local areas and all the enjoyable views so it’s really important to help stamp it out,” she added.
To report incidents of flytipping in your area, log on to www.cla.org.uk/in_your_area.
On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook, reader Chris Burton commented: “There’s a little bridleway, between Ashgate Road, Old Brampton and Linacre, that seems to get hit by them.” Marie Catherine England added that flytipping is a problem between Morton and Shirland. “It’s digusting,” she said. “There’s been bunk beds, settees, fridges, foods – the lot. Why can’t they drive a few miles to a real tip?”
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