May 13, 2011
New fly-tipping concerns raised by Highbridge town councillor
Highbridge councillor has this week expressed his concern about
increased fly-tipping in the town.
Chris Williams' comments come after a large quantity of builders
waste was dumped in a lane just off Pople's Bow this week.
pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It is very sad to see
rubbish like this being inconsiderately tipped in quiet areas
of Burnham and Highbridge."
tipping has always been a problem, but cases like this do make
you wonder whether the recent introduction of charges for certain
types of waste at Highbridge Recycling Centre is a factor."
Burnham-On-Sea.com recently reported here
that the Isleport Recycling Centre had introduced
new charges for certain items as part of Somerset County Council's
cost-cutting measures, leading to fears about fly-tipping.
Somerset Waste Partnership, which operates Highbridge Recycling
Centre, claims that fly-tipping rates have not increased since
the recent changes.
"So far, the only evidence we have to link fly-tipping to
the changes is the occasional placing of materials outside recycling
centres," spokesman Nick Cater told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Meanwhile, Cllr Williams has been in contact with Sedgemoor District
Council about getting the rubbish removed.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and the penalties for those
convicted can be up to five years' jail or an unlimited fine.