Published: May 13, 2011
New fly-tipping concerns raised by Highbridge town councillor

A Highbridge councillor has this week expressed his concern about increased fly-tipping in the town.

Cllr Chris Williams' comments come after a large quantity of builders waste was dumped in a lane just off Pople's Bow this week.

Chris, pictured, told "It is very sad to see rubbish like this being inconsiderately tipped in quiet areas of Burnham and Highbridge."

"Fly 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." 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

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.


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