THIS is just one disgraceful case of flytipping that cost taxpayers in Hartlepool a massive £68,000 in the last 11 months.
Hartlepool Borough Council receives around 80 calls a month to attend and investigate reports of flytipping across the town.
It comes as Hart Village Parish Councillor Jeff Moriarty took pictures of a huge pile of rubbish dumped and left in Worset Lane, in Hart Village, this week.
Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs say flytipping reports have cost the council £68,000 in the last 11 months and is a huge drain of the authority’s already stretched finances.
The huge pile of waste discarded by one brazen lout on Monday includes an old couch, a chest of drawers, bin bags, plastic, and several cardboard boxes.
The council is not increasing surveillance at flytipping hotspots in a bid to catch the culprits red-handed and get them before the courts.
We would urge residents and motorists to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.Hart Village Parish Councillor, Jeff Moriarty
Jeff contacted the Mail and said: “We have noticed an increase in flytipping lately and we would urge residents and motorists to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
“The back lanes between Hart and Worsett Lane are the worst hit areas.”
Local authority chiefs say the illegal dumping is not just a blight on the environment but involves considerable cost and resource to clear up.
Evidence must also be gathered from the waste in order to successfully prosecute the individuals or companies responsible.
Flytipping is a serious offence and carries a maximum fine of £50,000 and/or a custodial sentence of up to 12 months.
A spokesman for the council said: “Flytipping not only blights the local environment, but it is also a drain on the council’s already stretched resources.
“We receive around 80 reports of flytipping every month and will always investigate to see if we can gather evidence to prosecute.
“We would appeal to people to dispose of their rubbish and unwanted goods responsibly either via the Household Recycling Centre in Burn Road, the household collection service or local charity shops.
“We have secured a number of prosecutions for flytipping and our message to the perpetrators is that you will be caught if you continue.
“We would also appeal to residents to contact us if they have information that would help bring the culprits before the courts”
He added: “In this case, our operatives were working at a different location when they were advised by a member of the public of the flytipping in Worset Lane.
“They attended and the waste was removed by 11.30am on the same day.”
The spokesman added that surveillance is being stepped up in hotspots such as Worset Lane.
Anyone who comes across evidence of flytipping, or information on those responsible should contact the council on (01429) 523333.