Enfield Council is offering rewards of £500 to residents who help them trace fly-tippers.
This is an interesting way forward and I wonder whether it could work in Sefton where long-standing fly-tipping and rubbish dumping occurs on a very regular basis in places like Lunt, Ince Blundell and the rural parts of Melling.
Come on Sefton let’s look at an innovative solution; if it works great, if it does not well at least we tried.
My last posting on this matter was:-
Having represented Lunt Village for a number of years now I am fully aware of the activities of those who choose to dump rubbish rather than dispose of it properly.
Lunt Village has long been a fly-tipping area in its back lanes that, until recently, connected it with Thornton. The new Switch Island to Thornton Link Road servers the linking single track road that once connected these two communities. The road has been shut for a couple of months now.
Shut it may be but the dumping continues much to the frustration of Lunt’s residents who keep me posted about the environmental crime.
BT phone directories
Recently I toured the area from Lunt right through to Ince Blundell with a Sefton Council Environmental Protection Officer. The objective was to make her aware of the problem spots from my perspective but also for me to understand what she can do to help.
We found the usual rubbish – builder’s rubble, tyres, some asbestos, household junk etc. but the Environmental Officer saw something that I may have overlooked. Yes I saw it but instead of my thinking why dump compost she was informing me that this was the remnants of a pot-farm! We found quite a lot of it and a distinctive smell could be noticed if the compost remains were disturbed. We also found huge numbers of BT telephone directories in a stream – it seems that someone may well have been paid to deliver them to houses but they could well have pocketed the money and delivered hundreds of the books to the stream that sits at the side of Longdale in Lunt Village.
Pot farm remains and tyres
The problem – Evidence! We desperately need registration numbers of the vehicles bringing rubbish to be dumped. The problem, however, is that the dumpers and fly-tippers tend to turn up at the dead of night when no one is around.
More Pot farm remains
We have previously discussed covert surveillance and this will be looked at again. The trouble is it costs an arm and a leg. But if just one fly-tipper could be brought to court, fined and made a public show of maybe it would be a lesson to others?
This is Longdale in Lunt Village that leads into Back Lane – Fly tipping has long been a problem here.
The photo above shows that further ahead (where Back Lane runs into Holgate, Thornton) the road has been blocked off. This has happened due to the Thornton – Switch Island Link Road being built.
These back lanes have long been a problem for fly-tipping and previous postings on this site have detailed this. However, with the access from Thornton now being closed does it mean that the tipping areas will be less accessible for the criminals who are doing it?
Sadly, no it does not as I have seen more tipping myself and have been contacted by Lunt residents about the problem again. In turn I have alerted Sefton Council’s Environment Dept.
Dumping in the lanes between Lunt and Thornton