Stamping out tipping at village beauty spot

Wakfield council are tackling fly tipping problems after local residents complain about the constant mess. Cllr Margaret Cummings with members of the council, and police teams that are helping to tackle the problem on and around the Bottom Common area of South Hiendley.'h301a231
Wakfield council are tackling fly tipping problems after local residents complain about the constant mess. Cllr Margaret Cummings with members of the council, and police teams that are helping to tackle the problem on and around the Bottom Common area of South Hiendley.'h301a231
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PERSISTENT fly-tippers have been warned that their behaviour will not be tolerated following a series of complaints from angry residents.

Rubbish has been regularly dumped at South Hiendley’s bottom common, and anti-social behaviour is rife, so the neighbourhood police team and Wakefield Council have joined forces to put a stop to it.

Parish councillor Conrad Heald was disgusted at the massive amounts of rubbish that were being dumped, and that motorists were ploughing up the grass by driving over it, destroying the beauty spot.

But since the complaints were made, Wakefield Council have installed barriers around the boundary lines of the common to restrict vehicle access to the site, and is also looking at gating off access points.

One person has been interviewed in relation to an alleged offence of fly-tipping in the area and the investigation will continue.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for communities, said: “Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and the council takes a zero tolerance approach to fly-tipping.

“Not only is it costly to remove, it is also a blight on the environment and can spoil the lives of people living nearby. We will use every tool at our disposal to identify and take action against irresponsible residents and businesses that blight our community with their waste.”

Coun Heald said he was glad it was finally being sorted out.

He added: “There’s only one way to stop this and that is restricting vehicle access on the common and the sooner that happens, the better.”

Insp Geoff Carter from the South East NPT, said: “I completely support the strong message passed out by our partners in the local authority.

“We have close links and support each other through weekly partnership tasking meetings.

“This type of anti social behaviour affects the quality of life of local residents and will be investigated thoroughly. Please pass any information you have relating to fly tipping to the council or your neighbourhood policing team.”

To report anti social behaviour or fly tipping, contact the council on 0845 8 506 506.