Winning the battle against the dumpers

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CALDERDALE Council is getting better at tackling fly tipping according to its latest figures.

Due to an increase in enforcement and clean ups Calderdale is now on course for an ‘effective’ rating.

Recently the council has seen high profile prosecutions with more in the pipeline. At the same time it has introduced an innovative fast track system for removing fly tipped waste.

Close working between council directorates has seen area teams out and about shifting fly tipped waste from more than 300 locations, including one of the hotspots at Thornhill Beck Lane.

More than 75 tyres were dumped in the lane which joins Brighouse and Clifton which were removed by the Safer, Cleaner, Greener Team who clean up around one ton of waste from both Brighouse and Rastrick.

They also cleaned up other rubbish tipped at the spot such as asbestos sheets, car parts and black bin bags.

Brian Mansfield, area manager for the team, said around one ton of rubbish is dumped in Brighouse and in Rastrick every week but in comparison to other areas this was not a lot.

He told people at Brighouse and Rastrick ward forums to keep reporting the incidents to them.

The team do have two mini-sweepers one which is allocated to the Brighouse area and the second is in operation in Elland. The team are working on a four and five week rota to clean up the main roads and Brighouse centre is cleaned every morning at around 5am.

Peter Broadbent, environmental health manager, said: “There is no hiding place for fly tippers in Calderdale. We are on the case and will not hesitate to prosecute.”

Councillor Barry Collins, spokesman for economy and environment, said: “Last year, councillors worked together to identify more resources for tackling fly tipping. We know it is a priority for local people and we are determined to make our borough a cleaner and healthier place.”

Anyone with information on fly tippers can contact the council on 0845 245 6000.

n MEANWHILE Calderdale Council has started work to clean up the grass verges which run along the road and are in an untidy condition.

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) said: “They have polythene stuck on the shrubs and in the undergrowth causing a visual unsightly mess for local residents of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe and beyond as they pass.”