On the look out for manure dumpers

Wood Bottom Lane looking its best - but vigilance is needed to keep it that way. Picture to do with letter from Martin Cook in Echo - April 12, 2012
Wood Bottom Lane looking its best - but vigilance is needed to keep it that way. Picture to do with letter from Martin Cook in Echo - April 12, 2012

RESIDENTS are being asked to be vigilant for fly tippers as bags of manure were dumped in Brighouse.

Mr John Elliott of Wood Bottom Lane, Brighouse, reported the dumping of animal waste on a small side road close to a public footpath.

“This has happened on two or three occasions over the last few weeks and it has been dumped in green bags,” said Mr Elliott.

“Walkers and families with kids often use the public footpath and there must be a health risk with the amount being dumped.

“It is spoiling the area and its natural scenery.

“Whoever is doing this must think they have found a spot that is not being checked and that’s why they keep coming back.

“We want something to be done and for it to stop.”

Mark Thompson, Calderdale Council’s Head of Housing and Environment, said Calderdale Council is aware of the recent fly-tipping on Wood Bottom Lane in Brighouse and has cleared the area to make it safe.

“Fly-tipping is a very serious criminal offence. The Council will not hesitate to prosecute fly-tippers but we need clear evidence to do so,” he said. “People are asked to give as much information as possible about what and/or who they have seen, including, the time and date of the fly-tipping, the exact location – address/landmark, private or public land, items that have been fly-tipped and the approximate quantity and the registration number, vehicle make and colour (if relevant)

“A person found guilty of fly-tipping could be fined up to £20,000 in Magistrates’ Courts, unlimited fines in higher courts, a community service order or even a prison sentence.

“The Council provides sufficient facilities to allow residents to appropriately and correctly dispose of their waste. People should contact the Council’s contact centre on 0845 245 6000 to have bulky household waste collected.”

Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping can contact the Council’s contact centre confidentially on customerfirst@calderdale.gov.uk or 0845 245 7000 / 0845 245 6000, or they can use the online form at www.calderdale.gov.uk