Flytippers dump household items outside village pub
PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 04 September 2018
Household items have been dumped in a lay-by outside a closed village pub.
Items including a fridge, chairs and children’s toys were left outside The Old Barn in Wraxall.
The public house, in Bristol Road, closed suddenly in November last year but no for sale signs have appeared and its future is unknown.
The Times reported in February fly-tipping cost North Somerset Council more than £74,000 in 2017.
Data released by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show there were 2,064 reported fly-tipping incidents in the district from April 2016 to March 2017.
Cases of fly-tipping in the Times patch have been reported in recent months, including 65 sheets of asbestos material illegally discarded in Kingston Seymour.
The council charges for the disposal of certain items at its three recycling centres in Portishead, Backwell and Weston which include asbestos, plasterboard, tyres, gas canisters and fire extinguishers, while charges for hardcore and rubble may also apply.
A council spokesman said: “Fly-tipping is antisocial and has an impact on the environment, there is a cost to its removal but this forms part of our street scene contract.
“Where we can gather evidence as to the fly-tipper’s identity, we will take the necessary action including taking the case to court.
“The court will then consider the evidence put before them and if they find the person guilty they will sentence appropriately.
“If residents suspect fly-tipping is taking place we would ask them to take a description of people and registration numbers of any vehicles involved, but without putting themselves in a position where a confrontation could occur; and then report the details to us.
“We would also ask people to make sure they only use licensed carriers to remove waste – do not use someone who comes knocking on your door offering to remove rubbish for a knock down price – if any offer seems too good to be true it probably means it is too good to be true.”
“We do look through fly-tipped waste to see if there is anything there to identify who may have dumped it - we will investigate and take further action where appropriate.”