Beauty spots left blighted by fly-tipping

Fly-tipping in Purbrook Heath
Fly-tipping in Purbrook Heath
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PEOPLE fed up with fly-tipping blighting beauty spots are asking – when will it end?

It comes as another mountain of mess was dumped off Mill Lane, at Purbrook Heath.

A sofa, a toilet and other furniture were piled in an area popular for walkers, cyclists and a haven for wildlife.

It is one of a number of fly-tipping incidents in recent months, including others at Purbrook Heath, outside Waterlooville tip, and off Eastney beach.

Jackie Forrest, from Cowplain, was horrified by what she saw while driving through Purbrook Heath

She said: ‘This is by far the worst I have seen around these country roads.

‘It’s definitely from a cowboy builder renovating a house somewhere.

‘It’s a real mess and heart-breaking.’

Winchester City Council, which covers parts of Waterlooville, dealt with 430 fly-tips last year.

Havant MP Alan Mak said: ‘Fly-tipping is anti-social and dangerous.

‘The police and Havant Borough Council work hard to target fly-tippers, and we should all support their efforts.

‘I urge residents to report any fly-tipping and suspicious activity, including using the council’s Report-It facility.

‘By being vigilant and reporting fly-tipping, we can send a strong message that fly-tippers will be caught and their anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in our communities.’

And Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery said: ‘The police and the council do their best but cannot be behind every bush or in every lane, so the most effective way to deal with the problem is for the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

‘Only when fly-tippers realise that the public will not tolerate this behaviour will they start to think it’s not worth it.’

Council has zero-tolerance approach to litter

The maximum fine for fly-tipping is £3m for companies and £95,000 for individuals.

With its open spaces, Havant borough has traditionally been a target for fly-tippers.

A total of 1,173 incidents were reported in 2012/2013 - up a quarter from 930 incidents the previous year.

Havant Borough Council has committed to cleaning up the borough with a zero tolerance approach to fly-tipping, with some residents prosecuted for leaving rubbish in the street in Wecock Farm.

Binbags left beside rather than in the bins have been targeted by council officers who have taken court action over the breaches.