Flytippers are blighting coast

EYESORE: Waste dumped at the site
EYESORE: Waste dumped at the site

FLYTIPPERS are blighting a beauty spot just months after it was subjected to a huge clean-up operation.

Officials say that flytipping has increased dramatically at Deanmouth, near Blackhall, with lots of household waste dumped at the site in recent months.

Durham Heritage Coast officer Niall Benson said this is the worst site on the East Durham coast for flytipping.

He added: “It’s the worst it’s been for years.

“There was a clean-up in the summer. But as soon as the dark nights have come the area has been hit.”

Mr Benson said next spring sees the opening of the England Coast Path, from Sunderland to North Gare, in Hartlepool, and there has been a 23 per cent increase in people visiting the East Durham coast in the last two years.

He added: “It is about how people want the coast to be viewed. We have to be proud about it, and show it in a way that is different than we are currently doing.

“We appreciate the coast we have is a special place, the grassland doesn’t appear anywhere else in the world.

“It’s a joy for many that’s being spoiled by the few.”

A community consultation is being held where the Durham Heritage Coast Partnership will outline options for the area include today from 10.30am–1pm at Blackhall Resource Centre and Wednesday, November 27, from 4pm–7.30pm at Blackhall Community Centre.

Anyone with information about flytipping can ring Durham Police on 101 and ask for Coastwatch.