Fly tipping rubbish found on a country track road between Whitchurch and Wrenbury has left one user and resident ‘disgusted’.
Roger Dunshea, 62, from Whitchurch, was out on his bike for a ride in Hollyhurst Road, towards Wrenbury, when he encountered a huge mound of rubbish left by fly tippers.
He contacted The Herald to urge people not to ruin the beautiful countryside around the town for others and believes fly tippers must view current laws as weak to think they could get away with it.
“I was out cycling a week last Saturday,” said Roger.
“It was just there and I’d not seen anything like this on that route before, but it had been reported to the council, though I wasn’t sure if it was Cheshire East or Shropshire.
“They had a sign up saying ‘road blocked’ but I could get past on my bike. I was disgusted to see it – it’s such a shame that people are doing something like fly tipping in a beautiful place.
“There must be something wrong with the policy or the punishment if they think they can get away with it.
“I urge people to think about it – they need to see that it is dangerous, especially if anyone is there when it is dark. Plus, it is ruining a beautiful spot for everyone.”
The rubbish was cleared by Cheshire East council, and Councillor Don Stockton, the cabinet member for environment, is all for the authority coming down hard on perpetrators.
“This is a classic example of why this council is taking a hard line on fly tipping,” he said.
“Fly tipping is an extremely anti-social practice and this council is driving forward a very robust campaign to keep our borough clean of fly-tipping and littering.
“In this instance our environmental services company Ansa has cleared away the rubbish in Hollyhurst Road but there is always a cost involved where action has to be taken.
“In the financial year 2016-17, dealing with fly-tipping and littering incidents cost the council in excess of £200,000, a cost ultimately picked up by council taxpayers. The cost has risen year-on-year from 2014-15.
“Where possible, offenders will be prosecuted and can face a maximum fine of £50,000 and even a prison sentence.
“Anyone who has information about an act of fly-tipping should contact the council or our environmental services company Ansa.”
To report any incidents of fly tipping or any other environmental crime visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/norubbishexcuses or call 0300 123 5011.
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