Council vows to catch those who used beauty spot as rubbish dump

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By Walsall Advertiser | Friday, July 27, 2012, 09:00

AN old mattress was among a pile of rubbish dumped at one of Walsall's most popular beauty spots last week.

Now Walsall Council has vowed to crack down on fly-tippers after the rubbish was left just inside the gates at Barr Beacon.

"I couldn't believe what I saw," said Scott Turrall, who visited the nature reserve on Saturday and was shocked by the amount of rubbish that had been dumped there.

"You do not expect to see something like that at a beauty spot. I was saddened to see such blatant disregard for the site," he added.

The council has removed the rubbish – but vowed to catch those responsible.

Councillor Zahid Ali, portfolio holder for public protection with Walsall Council Coalition, said: "Fly-tippers will be prosecuted if we can prove they have illegally dumped waste.

"Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land, waste dumped or tipped in a place with no licence to accept it. Anyone fly-tipping waste is committing a serious offence," he added.

People found guilty of fly-tipping can be fined up to £50,000 in Magistrates' Courts, face unlimited fines in higher courts, as well as community punishment orders or prison sentences of up to five years.

Cllr Ali added: "In 2011/12, enforcement officers from Walsall Council investigated 345 complaints about fly-tipping and prosecuted three people. We will always try to trace the origin of the waste to identify who deposited it and when it was deposited."

Enforcement officers regularly participate in multi-agency vehicle stop operations to identify and take action against unregistered waste carriers operating illegally within the borough.

In addition, the council recently purchased six deployable cameras which have been used at fly-tipping hot spots. One fly-tipper has been prosecuted this month.

He was fined £250 and ordered to pay £958 costs.

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