Dumped at beauty spot

Help catch fly-tippers. This pile of builders' waste was dumped on land off the Nutbrook Trail in Kirk Hallam.
Help catch fly-tippers. This pile of builders' waste was dumped on land off the Nutbrook Trail in Kirk Hallam.

A pair of fly-tippers seen illegally dumping this pile of rubbish at a Kirk Hallam beauty spot are being sought by council wardens.

Witnesses spotted a white van – believed to be a Ford Transit – in the area, just off the popular Nutbrook Trail on Wednesday April 22.

Two youths were seen off-loading the waste, which included large wooden boarding and builders’ equipment like hard hats, paint cans and work jackets, on the service road at the back of Godfrey Drive.

They then drove off, leaving furious Erewash Borough Council staff to clean it up.

The authority has now asked for residents’ help in tracking down the fly-tippers and bringing them to justice.

Anyone with any information, or anyone who saw a white van around that area in broad daylight at about 3.30pm, is asked to get in touch with neighbourhood warden manager Scott Cartledge on 0115 907 2244 ext 3863.

Alternatively, email scott.cartledge@erewash.gov.uk with information.

Residents can also call the Council’s PrideLine – a 24-hour confidential hotline for reporting environmental offences or offenders – on 0115 850 8383.

According to Erewash Borough Council’s website, fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of any waste with no licence to accept it.

A fine of up to £20,000 can be imposed, or – if sent to the Crown Court – fines can be unlimited and the flytippers can even face prison.

Figures released last year through a Freedom of Information request revealed that Erewash Borough Council spent nearly £10,000 dealing with fly tipping in 2011 to 2012.

But the authority failed to successfully prosecute anyone despite taking enforcement action 242 times.

The figure was up 11 per cent on the previous year.