Friday, 19 October 2018

Fly-tipping: ‘abhorrent display of disrespect for countryside’

FLY-TIPPERS have been condemned after dumping rubbish in the countryside near Henley.

FLY-TIPPERS have been condemned after dumping rubbish in the countryside near Henley.

Trade waste including doors, a cabinet and a radiator was left in a lay-by on a country lane between Reading Road and Harpsden Way in Harpsden.

The debris was photographed by Nick Austin, who posted the pictures online.

He said: “There are serious problems when people start to litter their environment. This is an abhorrent display of disrespect, both to the beautiful countryside and its inhabitants.” His posting on the “Henley-on-Thames past and present” Facebook page drew more than 50 similar comments.

Julie Key wrote: “It makes me furious to see our beautiful countryside disrespected by selfish and irresponsible people.” Carol Sellwood added: “There is no excuse for this.”

The Henley Standard alerted South Oxfordshire District Council, which promised to investigate and asked its waster contractor Biffa to collect the waste for proper disposal.

A council spokesman said Biffa staff would look for any evidence of who was responsible.

“If we do find evidence within a fly-tip we pursue this and take the appropriate enforcement action against the offenders,” he said.

“This could result in a warning letter being sent, a fixed penalty notice being issued, or a prosecution at the magistrates’ court. This all depends on the severity of the offence. Fly-tipping is irresponsible and an eyesore and we encourage residents to report it.”

The council investigated 290 cases of fly-tipping between April 1 and November 30 last year.

It successfully prosecuted 12 people last year, resulting in a total of £10,330 in court fines and fixed penalty notices.

Last month, a man was ordered to pay more than £4,000 after he was caught fly-tipping in Peppard Common in 2013.

Richard Yateman, 29, of Goldfinch Crescent, Bracknell, dumped a heap of wooden flooring, underlay and empty sacks in Colliers Lane but was caught on a hidden camera.

In court, he claimed he was planning to take the waste to a recycling facility but had to return the van to a relative and ran out of time.

On Monday, the district council will remove its green recycling banks from King’s Road car park in Henley following problems with fly-tipping.

In August, 1.5 tonnes of household and commercial waste was dumped next to the banks.

To report a case of fly-tipping, visit

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