Appeal to stop fly-tippers targeting Keynsham road
Published on: 02 Oct 2015
Fly-tipping “on a huge scale” is happening regularly on a road on the outskirts of Keynsham, says a concerned resident, who hopes witnesses may come forward to help stop the culprits.
Over the last few months, large amounts of rubbish have been strewn across the Durley Hill bus slip road at Hicks Gate on at least five occasions – the most recent on September 24.
The resident, who has asked to remain anonymous, says he uses the route to travel to work in Bristol and littering has always been a minor issue in the area, but now it has escalated to a “disgusting” level.
He said: “Over the last few months there have been five instances of fly-tipping on a huge scale. It appears a van or lorry travels up the road with someone unloading the lorry as it goes, just chucking the rubbish out of the back while intentionally trying to make as much mess as possible.
“All instances have been done in exactly the same manner so I would imagine is carried out by the same culprit.”
Bath and North East Somerset Council’s cleaning team has attended to clear the rubbish on previous occasions, but now the resident has called for CCTV to be installed at the site. B&NES Council has said it is purchasing a small number of cameras that will be moved between fly-tipping sites.
He added: “It’s a totally mindless crime and one I appreciate cannot be prevented very easily, however I thought I would bring this to your attention as your readers may see something they could report if witnessed.”
A council spokesperson said: “Fly-tipping is a problem faced by all local authorities. Within Bath and North East Somerset there are particular hotspots which the council regularly monitors.
“Where the evidence allows we will always prosecute. To assist in this we are in the process of purchasing a small number of cameras. These will rotate between sites. Signs will be installed advising of their presence and warning potential fly-tippers of the penalties they may face.
“We welcome information from the public on any littering or fly-tipping. Any witness statements such as descriptions of vehicles and registration numbers are very welcome as they help us to pursue a prosecution. Incidents can be reported through Council Connect.
“The council also works with neighbouring local authorities, including South Gloucestershire, where we have evidence of fly-tipping that crosses boundaries.”
To report waste dumped on public land, call Council Connect on 01225 39 40 41 or email email@example.com.