Fly-tipping fight makes the small screen
The battle against fly-tipping in Malvern Hills District could be making an appearance on the small screen.
Dan Bayliss and Jude Allen, Street Scene Officers with Malvern Hills District Council, were called to a layby between Great Witley and Stanford Bridge on Friday, 26 May 2017, to investigate a report of two sofas that had been dumped.
However, when they arrived they were greeted by a television crew and presenter Dom Littlewood. By chance he was also in the area filming with police for his show Dom on the Spot, which looks at issues around Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs).
The pair then gave an impromptu interview about their work tackling fly-tipping for the programme, which is due to air on BBC One later in the year.
On average 22 incidents of fly-tipping a month are reported and the council investigates all major reports and takes action where evidence can be found. Recent successes saw a £300 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) issued to a man for breaching his duty of care after plasterboard, a bath and a sink were found at Knightwick. Another man was given an FPN for the same amount for dumping a mattress, chairs and a sofa at Ankerdine Hall.
Jude said: “Large household items make up the bulk of the fly-tips we deal with. There’s just no excuse for it, it’s selfish, lazy and costs taxpayers money. Hopefully doing this interview will help raise awareness of the kind of thing we have to deal with.”
Dan added: “Residents can help us tackle fly-tipping by using a properly licensed trader, our bulky waste collection service or a Household Recycling Centre to dispose of their waste. If they don’t and their waste is later dumped, they could face a fine or court action.”
People can report fly-tipping by visiting www.malvernhills.gov.uk/fly-tipping-and-littering.