Tippers use Northampton Reservoir as dumping ground

Tippers who treated a site near Sixfields Reservoir as an illegal dumping ground have been warned to expect hefty fines for their actions.

West Northamptonshire Council ward wardens have issued two £400 fixed fine notices for on-the-fly dumps at the Northampton site in recent weeks and are investigating a number of other incidents.

Piles of rubbish – including mattresses, bedding and household items – were recently removed from the site by the landowner, and offensive graffiti was covered up.

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The Council has also engaged with the private landowner in an effort to prevent fly tipping in the future, signing a written community protection notice warning urging them to replace the fence to make the site more secure and to carry out regular checks on the property.

Council Guardians will continue to patrol the area regularly to monitor the situation.

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David Smith, portfolio holder for Community Safety and Engagement and Regulatory Services at West Northamptonshire Council, said: ‘The site is privately owned so while we cannot expect our taxpayers to pay the bill to eliminate fly tipping on the ground, it’s in everyone’s interest to address the issues here.

“That’s why we want to work closely with the owner to make sure the site is secure and kept as clean as possible.

“Fly dumping is a national problem ravaging our streets and countryside, and we will investigate all incidents reported to us, whether they occur on private or public land.

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“While we regularly patrol this area, we also encourage residents who witness fly spills in this area – or indeed any other West Northants site – to report it to us so that we can bring these people to justice. .

“Fly unloaders face a fixed penalty of £400 and in some cases can be prosecuted, resulting in an unlimited fine or up to six months imprisonment if convicted in a magistrates’ court.”

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