Seven tonnes of waste is dumped

Environment
Environment

Seven tonnes of waste was dumped on a country lane near Bletchingdon which will cost taxpayers £900 to clear up.

Old paving, sods of earth, wooden panelling and empty sacks of post cement were dumped on an unclassified road between Hampton Gay and Bletchingdon sometime between 7pm on May 7 and 1pm on May 8.

The flytip was spotted by a member of the public and reported to Cherwell District Council’s environmental services team, who spent more than five hours clearing the site.

Council investigators believe the rubbish could have originated from someone renovating a garden, perhaps in the local area.

Nigel Morris, councillor for clean and green, said: “With an incident such as this someone has deliberately gone out of their way to dump their waste and avoid paying to have it disposed of correctly. However in doing so the bill has now been passed onto the taxpayer.”

Council investigators are encouraging anyone who may have seen a vehicle acting suspiciously in the area, or who knows of anyone having garden works done locally, to get in touch on 01295 227007 or 01295 227983. All calls will be treated in confidence.

Anyone found guilty of flytipping in magistrates’ court can receive a £20,000 fine or 12 months imprisonment.