Hunt for dumper who fly-tipped allotments in Hartlepool

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Council chiefs have issued an appeal to trace a fly-tipper who dumped waste at a Hartlepool allotment site.

Hartlepool Borough Council is appealing for information after a large pile of concrete and other rubble was dumped recently on a road forming part of Stranton Allotments, off Brierton Lane.

Although the waste has now been removed, allotment holders and residents near to the site are being asked to come forward with information.

Coun Marjorie James, chair of the council’s Neighbourhood Services Policy Committee, said: “The issue of fly-tipping is a recurring problem on many allotment sites across the town and gardeners regularly tell us how they are fed up with the mess, damage and resulting vermin infestations.

“The cost of clearing up dumped rubbish is also a big drain on the council’s resources.”

The latest fly-tipping incident occurred just before the council installed a new height restrictor bar at the main entrance to the Stranton Allotments site.

The bar is intended to stop dumpers getting on to the site by blocking access to vehicles more than two metres (6ft 6ins) high – but it doesn’t affect the majority of gardeners’ vehicles.

Councillor James added: “Hopefully, the bar will prevent further incidences of fly-tipping from occurring but it is important that people continue to act as our eyes and ears and report anything suspicious.

“We always seek to prosecute fly-tippers and convicted offenders run the risk of incurring substantial fines and having their vehicles seized.”

Anyone with information about fly-tipping can contact the Council on (01429) 523333.