A COUNCILLOR is outraged over repeated fly-tipping in a county town.

Images on social media show household items including a table dumped in an underpass off Green Lane, Oddingley.

Droitwich town councillor Bob Brookes said: “It’s absolutely dreadful – fly-tipping shows no respect for residents.

“Fly-tippers tend to use quiet areas not covered by CCTV so it’s important that members of the public contact police on 101 and report it online to the council so something can be done about it.

“Residents are the eyes and ears of the council and need to play their part.”

Amanda Dean, duty manager for The Pear Tree Inn and Country Club on Smite Lane near to Green Lane, said: “ Further down Smite Lane I’ve seen beds dumped illegally.

“As a hotel we want to attract guests so we want the area to be kept looking nice at all times.

“Piles of builder’s rubble have also been dumped around here in the past.

“Luckily, nothing has been dumped outside our building.”

Dumping of waste in this way is often done so by an individual so a company can avoid paying a commercial disposal charge.

However, if caught, a court can hand down a hefty fine of up to £50,000 and even a prison sentence for serious offences.

We reported in August last year on an estimated 30 bags, containing what appeared to be household rubbish, being dumped in Hulls Lane in Droitwich.

A spokesman for Worcestershire Wildlife Trust said: “Fly-tipping is not only unpleasant to see but is also dangerous for our environment and wildlife.”

Sharon Casswell, client services manager at Wychavon District Council, said: “We can confirm that our contractors will clear the fly-tip on Green Lane in Oddingley.

“We want to stress the importance of reporting fly-tips directly to us via our webpage, giving as much information as possible so we can deal it is soon.

“ Fly-tipping is dangerous and costs the taxpayers money to clean up.

“Residents can play their part in helping to reduce fly-tipping by ensuring they use a registered waste carrier to dispose of their waste.

“Failure to do so could result in prosecution if their rubbish is later fly-tipped even if they were not the ones responsible.”

The charity Keep Britain Tidy has said that more that a million instances of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils a year, with an excess clear-up cost of £58million in total.

Fly-tipping can be reported to Wychavon District Council online at: https://bit.ly/32frpDJ.

Are you plagued by the illegal dumping of waste where you live? Contact our community reporter Steven Collins with your story.

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