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South Cambridgeshire District Council: ‘We dumped rubbish...and not one person reported it’




A fly-tipping incident was staged at the Milton Park & Ride site during rush hour to see how residents would react.

South Cambridgeshire CC 'mock flytip' to try and raise awareness of the problem by dumping a mixed selection of items on one of th disabled bays at Milton Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell. (14487779)
South Cambridgeshire CC 'mock flytip' to try and raise awareness of the problem by dumping a mixed selection of items on one of th disabled bays at Milton Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell. (14487779)

South Cambridgeshire District Council wanted to see how people would respond to the sight of a van pulling up and dumping goods in broad daylight.

More than 900 recorded fly-tips are reported in the South Cambridgeshire district each year, with some costing the council or landowners as much as £2,000 to clear. A Cambridgeshire-wide S.C.R.A.P. campaign is aiming to show communities what they can do to help combat the problem.

South Cambridgeshire CC 'mock flytip' to try and raise awareness of the problem by dumping a mixed selection of items on one of th disabled bays at Milton Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell. (14487782)
South Cambridgeshire CC 'mock flytip' to try and raise awareness of the problem by dumping a mixed selection of items on one of th disabled bays at Milton Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell. (14487782)

Cllr Neil Gough, deputy leader at South Cambridgeshire, said: “Fly-tipping is a despicable environmental crime and we are working hard to investigate and clear fly-tips more quickly.

“We were in touch with the police and, despite this being yards from the bus stop with plenty of people around, no one called them to report it – perhaps they thought someone else would.

“One passer-by spoke to Park & Ride staff to let them know, which is good news, but in a village or more rural location this wouldn’t be an option, and we want to make sure people know how to report it during and after a fly-tip takes place.

“If you see fly-tipping happening, don’t approach the people involved, just make a note of what you’ve seen and dial 999 to report a crime in action.

“If you discover a fly-tip, go online to report it to the council as quickly as possible so we can investigate and clear it up.

“The other fundamental part of the campaign is to flag that a lot of fly-tipped material originates from well-intentioned residents. Items from homes and businesses end up being fly-tipped by unlicensed and unscrupulous operators. Please check that any operator taking rubbish away from your property is licensed on the Environment Agency website.”

South Cambridgeshire CC 'mock flytip' to try and raise awareness of the problem by dumping a mixed selection of items on one of th disabled bays at Milton Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell. (14487834)
South Cambridgeshire CC 'mock flytip' to try and raise awareness of the problem by dumping a mixed selection of items on one of th disabled bays at Milton Park and Ride. Picture: Keith Heppell. (14487834)

Fly-tipping is a crime and if spotted taking place, you canreport it to police by dialling 999. If found afterwards it should be reported online to the council as quickly as possible so it can be investigated and removed. In both cases, people are being asked to note the exact location, time, what the items are and, if safe to do so, to take a photograph.

Each month the council is clearing and investigating almost 80 fly-tips. It has identified hotspots and is working with these parishes during the campaign. And if you need items collected for disposal, the council's waste team will collect up to three items for £30. Visit the council's website for more information.

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