‘Disgusting’ fly-tipping labelled danger to road users

PUBLISHED: 16:40 02 September 2019

Fly-tipping is rife in Long Ashton.Picture: Carol Mac

Fly-tipping is rife in Long Ashton.Picture: Carol Mac

Carol Mac

People have been left ‘disgusted’ with mounting levels of fly-tipping in Long Ashton.

Fly-tipping is rife in Long Ashton.Fly-tipping is rife in Long Ashton.

Bags of rubbish, a sofabed and fridge freezer were left strewn across Yanley Lane on Thursday, which blocked the road until it was cleared in the early hours of the same morning.

The incident is among one of three reported in under two weeks in the village, and people in the community have voiced their anger with the issue through social media.

Kate Bolton said on Facebook: "It's awful, I tell my children off if they drop a sweet paper.

"How can anyone feel comfortable about tipping out all that rubbish across our beautiful countryside?"

Jane Booth called the act 'incredibly selfish' and Nigel Moorcroft said North Somerset Council 'must act' on the issue, otherwise there will be a 'serious accident' in the area.

Suggestions were made to crowdfund for cameras to be installed in the village after bags of rubbish were dumped in Wild Country Lane over the bank holiday weekend.

Long Ashton Parish Council chairman, Dave Johnson, said: "The authority is aware of increased fly-tipping in the village, particularly in Yanley Lane.

"It is appalled by the irresponsible behaviour of a small number of people.

"We report any offences we are made aware of to North Somerset Council, who are responsible for clearing the rubbish.

"We are also discussing what more the parish can do within its powers and resources to deal with the problem."

North Somerset councillor for Long Ashton, Stuart McQuillan, said: "North Somerset's contractors are good at clearing the rubbish up, but the authority is pretty poor with law enforcement.

"I would like to see more enforcement officers deal with the issue in the area.

"This is clearly upsetting residents, and it's unsafe where rubbish has been dumped in those roads to motorists and pedestrians.

"Bristol's council has done a huge amount to tackle the problem recently with law enforcement, but it could be because the village is close to the city which is causing the issue."

Cllr McQuillan plans to raise the issue at North Somerset's full council meeting on September 24.

The authority is now investigating the fly-tipping offences in Long Ashton.

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