If you have a story call our newsdesk on 01722 426511 or email us. To advertise call 01722 426500.
Fly tippers get away with it
2:57pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Letters
I FOUND earlier this month that a fly tipper had dumped rubbish, which included metal, a sofa, a chair, car battery and other items in a lane which borders fields we own on the south side of Old Sarum. Amongst this was an interesting receipt from Wickes.
Unfortunately he paid cash, but as it was only three days old, CCTV could have enabled identification. Further CCTV could have tracked him to his vehicle - no doubt the same one used to dump the rubbish.
The response I got from the Environment Agency when I told them that I had got this receipt and that a friend had helped by taking away the metal items but they still needed to come and clear the rest was as follows: 1. Who was the person who took the metal items away? Did he have a Waste Carriers Licence? Given that the friend’s actions were public spirited I told the gentleman from the Environment Agency that I had no intention of telling him who he was and I found his attitude very difficult to understand.
2. As for the receipt from Wickes, going to that company and getting a picture of the offender off their CCTV was potentially a “breech of human rights”. That is, of course, complete nonsense but it shows a worrying approach to identifying offenders and naming and shaming them, let alone putting them before a court. It certainly makes me wonder what steps the Environment Agency is prepared to take on our behalf to deter offenders.
3. Finally, the gentleman from the Environment Agency agreed to go and have a look and see what he could do about clearing the rubbish left. I am not holding my breath.
I wonder whether any of your readers would agree that chasing after someone who had helped take some of the fly tipped rubbish away, perhaps without a Waste Carriers Licence, was both a waste of time and very much secondary to identifying the person who had tipped all the rubbish in the first place.I am also concerned that the practice I was taught by my father of taking a carrier bag with me on walks to pick up items of litter and other rubbish may now in this brave new world we live in be a criminal offence.
MR R GRIFFITHS, Salisbury
Comments are closed on this article.