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People urged to be vigilant after scale of fly-tipping problem in Waveney is revealed

PUBLISHED: 16:48 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 18:25 03 May 2017

Fly-tipping has become a problem in the Gisleham area.

Fly-tipping has become a problem in the Gisleham area.

Archant � 2017

More than 90 calls to remove illegally dumped waste were made to Waveney District Council last month - with the authority urging people living in rural areas to be vigilant.

In April, the council was called out 92 times to deal with the issue across the district, while in March there were 95 incidents reported.

Lynn Mummery lives in Pakefield and frequently cycles around the Rushmere and Gisleham area.

She often reports fly-tipping and said there is “no excuse” for people to illegally dump waste, having seen bike tyres, sofas, building waste and even a fridge freezer dumped in the countryside.

“I do find it upsetting,” she said. “I love the countryside. I like exercising outdoors and I don’t think people realise we’ve got some beautiful countryside.

“I find it quite upsetting that people are using the area I enjoy and respect as a place to dump rubbish rather than appreciating it and enjoying it.

“Maybe there are difficulties using the dump and that can’t be helping but as far as I’m concerned there is no excuse for this kind of thing.”

A spokesman for Waveney District Council said it investigates all reported incidents of fly-tipping with partners Waveney Norse, on public and private land.

In a statement, the council said: “We will remove waste from public land as soon as practically possible after being reported and work with land owners to encourage waste removal from private land.

“Unfortunately, quiet rural areas can become ‘hotspots’ for fly-tipping as the perpetrators are less likely to be seen.

“We would ask residents living in rural areas to look out for possible fly-tipping and report any information, such as vehicle registration details, to our customer services team.

“Fly-tipping is unpleasant, unnecessary and costly to remove. All fly-tipped waste is checked for evidence of those responsible and where possible we will seek to prosecute anyone illegally dumping waste.”

To report fly-tipping, call Waveney District Council on 01502 562111 or fill out a report form online at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/waste/fly-tipping/.

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